Responding to and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic remains an enormous challenge for cities worldwide. Lifelong learning lays the foundation for healthy and resilient cities. Hence, these municipalities are working hard to promote learning for health, and to build long-term resilience among their local populations so that they can deal both with the pandemic and with future emergencies, including those caused by climate change.
The fifth International Conference on Learning Cities (ICLC 5) was hosted by UIL in collaboration with Yeonsu City, Republic of Korea, and took place from 27 to 30 October 2021. Entitled ‘From emergency to resilience: Building healthy and resilient cities through learning’, the conference attracted over 2,000 participants, who attended either online or in-person. This was an opportunity for cities to come together and share their responses to the COvID-19 pandemic.