Declaration for the 13th International Congress of Educating Cities, 2014
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of the International Association of Educating Cities (IAEC). During this time the IAEC has consolidated itself and has continued to grow, reaching more than 478 cities from more than 36 countries from all the continents.
During these years, the cities committed to the principles of the Charter of Educating Cities have met up regularly, every two years, to exchange experiences and knowledge so as to be able to tackle the important global challenges which are posed and that directly affect the lives of the citizens.
In times of crisis the concept of Educating Cities makes even more sense. Difficulties force us to be creative to foster attitudes of solidarity and to call upon citizens’ involvement.
Under the heading “An educating city is an inclusive city”, the 13th International Congress of Educating Cities 2014 took place in Barcelona from 13th to 15th November, in which 838 participants from 189 cities and 34 countries.
The congress included 7 plenary sessions, 84 workshops and 49 speakers’ corners. We have analysed and shared experiences and made proposals so as to make the cities of the world more educating and inclusive cities that satisfy the conditions for generating social welfare and the health of all those who inhabit them. Cities that promote attitudes of solidarity, respect and interest for the common good, among all the people who coexist in them.
This Congress promoted critical debate and has helped us to become aware of the fact that the educating city plays an essential and determining role in the integral promotion of inclusion, citizen participation, and its creative and innovative potential.
Within the full process of defining the new Post-2015 Urban Development Agenda, it is necessary to continue working so as to consolidate and broaden the achievements reached within both the local and international framework with the aim of fighting against social exclusion, boosting new firm and transversal responses. It is for this reason that the Educating Cities sign the present Declaration which develops some of the principles of the Charter of Educating Cities. This Declaration is based on some considerations to immediately adopt some commitments to foster social inclusion and finally to make a call at a national and international level.