UCLG participates at the XV International Congress of Educating Cities


From 13 to 16 of November, the International Association of Educating Cities (AICE), a member organization of UCLG, celebrated its 15th International Congress in Cascais (Portugal). The Congress was an opportunity to share experiences and good practices on education.

Mayor of Rosario Mónica Fein, Vice-President of UCLG, participated on the opening ceremony, highlighting that “cities have opened learning spaces for a more participative, inclusive and sustainable world”. During the same occasion, Carlos Carreira, Mayor of Cascais, also emphasized the “strategic role of educating cities towards a free future and a democratic world order”.

During the Congress, the General Assembly of Educating Cities had indicated the importance of deepening the collaboration with UCLG for the localization of SDG among its members. In this sense, according to the Secretary General of the organization, Marina Canals, the political principles of the Educating Cities Charter will be aligned with and worked taking into account the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this sense, Educating Cities joins UCLG and UN to maximize the impact of the global agenda on the local policies and vice versa.

UCLG participated in the international jury committee, which awarded those educating cities with good practices related to the citizen’s participation. Among more than 60 candidacies, seven cities were selected as finalists (Barakaldo, Medellín, Rennes, Río Cuarto, Rosario, Vildecans and Vitoria-Gasteiz) and three were awarded: Gunsan, León-Guanajuato and Setúbal.

Highlighting the participatory process on education with the theme “the city belongs to its people”, local governments’ representatives from all over the globe shared knowledges and good practices in thematic sessions such as “Designing Cities for Children, Youth and Families”, “Co-living for the belonging feeling” and “City from and to the people”. In the conclusion of the Congress, the participating students presented the resolutions of their plenaries during the event.