UNESCO Chair Global Health and Education Health Education, Prevention, Health Promotion, Children and Young People

Publication: a guide to action on lifelong learning for health in cities

A key outcome of the fifth International Conference on Learning Cities (ICLC 5) was the Yeonsu Declaration for Learning Cities, which affirmed a commitment to building healthy and resilient cities through lifelong learning for health (LLLH). With more than half of humanity living in urban areas, cities have a crucial role to play in promoting health education and building resilience.

In order to provide concrete support to cities in this process, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and the UNESCO Chair Global Health and Education are collaborating to develop an enactment guide for the Yeonsu Declaration.

Read the Enactment Guide of the Yeonsu Declaration for Learning Cities.

A practical guide for cities

The guide aims to provide concrete support and tools for UNESCO’s learning cities, healthy cities and all cities that wish to implement a lifelong learning for health policy.

The guide consists of four parts:

  • A backdrop for the enactment of the declaration (Part A, p. 12) 
  • The content of a LLLH policy (Part B, p. 25) 
  • Implementing a LLLH policy (Part C, p. 39) 
  • A toolbox for city leaders (Part D, p. 59) 

The guide can be used in different ways depending on the context, means and objectives of each city. It is not necessary to read the whole guide in order, and each of the four parts of the guide can be used separately.

A webinar series for a collaborative guide

This guide is intended to be collaborative, and all members of the UNESCO Learning Cities Network, ICLC 5 participants and partners are invited to participate in its co-creation. A series of three webinars have been scheduled to discuss the different steps in developing and implementing policies to build a “learning pathway to health for all”.

All feedback on the enactment guide is welcome through the webinar series and will contribute to the final, co-designed version of this guide for cities around the world.

The webinars will be held in English, French and Spanish.

For more information about and registration for the first webinar of 1 June 2022.

For more information about the webinar series.