ASPBAE HLPF-Side event on “Learning Cities: Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”

The ASPBAE side event “Learning cities: transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies through education” conducted on 10 July, 1:30 – 4:00 PM, at the Church Center for the United Nations  contributed to the discussions during the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2018.

Education is critical for the achievement of all the SDGs. It is an essential strategy for the achievement of sustainable and resilient societies. It is a right on its own and a means to the achievement of other rights. This side event  looked at the intersection of SDG 4: to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all with SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable and SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. Although the primary responsibility for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lies at the country level, local governments, being the closest level of government to people, are critically placed to make cities sustainable.


  • Rep. Jose Enrique Garcia III, Balanga, Philippines, UNESCO Learning City Award 2015
  • Director General Song Young Wan, Republic of Korea, UNESCO Learning City Award 2017
  • Commissioner Luis González Arenal, State of Puebla, Mexico
  • Mr. Raul Valdes Cotera, UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities


  • Mr. Liberato Bautista (CoNGO) on building inclusive human settlements
  • Ms. Cecilia Soriano and Mr. Rene Raya (ASPBAE) on challenges in education in cities
  • Ms. Katarina Popovic (Academia and Stakeholder Group) on education agenda for HLPF 2018

Katarina Popovic, ICAE Secretary General, concluded and formulated recommendations from the discussions of the event, emphasizing the the pivotal role of local governments, education and learning cities in ensuring the achievement of SDG 11 and SDG 12, as well as all other goals. Importantly, it proposed the creation of learning cities as key to social inclusion and building sustainable and resilient societies.

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