UNESCO 3rd International Conference on Learning Cities 2017

Event: UNESCO 3rd International Conference on Learning Cities 2017

Location: Cork City Hall

Date: 18th – 20th September 2017

Delegates: 700

Conference Value: €1,120,000

In 2017 Cork was chosen by UNESCO as the location to host its International Conference on Learning Cities – the first time this prestigious conference has been held in Europe. Securing this conference for Cork will further enhance Ireland’s reputation internationally in the field of education and also strengthens Cork’s reputation as a Learning City.

Cork’s reputation as a city of lifelong learning is given international recognition in hosting this global event. Securing the conference was a competitive process, and key determining factors in Cork’s winning bid were its long standing record in developing education within the wider community and the success of its annual Lifelong Learning Festival.

This conference brought approximately 700 delegates from over 95 countries to Cork (including Ministers, mayors, representatives of national governments and cities and other key international decision-makers and influencers) to share knowledge and experiences in building inclusive and sustainable learning cities. The reputational benefits to Ireland of hosting the UNESCO conference will not only support efforts to recruit international students, but can also help attract and retain the skilled workers needed to support continued economic growth.