4–5 June 2013, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), in collaboration with the Korean National Institute for Lifelong Education (NILE) and the Jeju Institute for Lifelong Education, held the 2nd Meeting of the Expert Group for Establishing the International Platform for Learning Cities (IPLC) in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea. Thirty experts representing partners for establishing the IPLC participated in the meeting.
The participants elaborated on the draft Key Features of Learning Cities, developed by UIL in consultation with its partners. While endorsing the features in general, some experts suggested including more relevant social inclusion and sustainable development features and measurements. Experts supported the strategy for piloting the key features in a number of cities in different regions of the world, and they offered help in selecting cities to conduct the piloting. Furthermore, the meeting discussed the draft Beijing Declaration on Building Learning Cities, in preparation for its adoption by an international conference on learning cities, co-organised by UNESCO, the Ministry of Education of China and Beijing Municipal Government, which will take place in Beijing, China from 21–23 October 2013. The experts also actively participated in the International High-Level Forum of Lifelong Learning Cities, a showcase of both international and Korean perspectives and best practices on promoting lifelong learning in cities. It is evident that more and more cities in different regions of the world are using the concept of ‘learning cities’ to tackle urban development challenges.