The international event will take place Oct. 27-30 at Songdo Convensia under the theme “From emergency to resilience: Building healthy and resilient cities through learning.”
Some 2,200 guests will attend the four-day conference both physically and virtually, including former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and officials representing 193 UNESCO member countries and 229 Global Network of Learning Cities member cities from 64 countries.
A separate exhibition, titled “The 2021 ICLC Global Citizen Lifelong-learning Expo,” also will take place with 159 booths under nine themes from Oct. 29 on the sidelines of the conference.
The ICLC is a biennial conference organized by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning aimed at promoting lifelong learning at a local level for sustainable development.
The South Korean gathering comes at a critical juncture with a goal to exchange knowledge on global health education in cities, their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and actions to improve resilience in the face of future crises.
“Yeonsu-gu aims to provide a platform for discussion on harmony and coexistence of mankind for participating lifelong cities which are overcoming the pandemic era,” the organizing committee said in a statement.
The Yeonsu Declaration on healthy, green and inclusive learning cities will be adopted as a result of the ICLC 5.
By Ji Da-gyum and Lee Hong-seok