Gdynia joins UNESCO learning cities network

The Polish coastal city of Gdynia has become Poland's first member of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities.

The membership will provide Gdynia with, among other advantages, access to tools and strategies of other member cities, and contact with experts and specialists, Gdynia City Council wrote in a press release.

The UNESCO data show that currently over half of the world’s population inhabits cities, and in 2030, this number is set to exceed 60 pct.

“We have to face these changes to ensure the integrity and balance of cities and societies. This can be achieved by constantly learning,” the statement wrote.

In the opinion of the Mayor of Gdynia Wojciech Szczurek, the UNESCO membership is evidence that the city moves in the right direction.

“The local government's task is to care for residents of all ages, to constantly improve the quality of their lives, to create conditions for active participation in the life of the city, that is, to initiate changes or ventures. Gdynia's admission to the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities proves that all these tasks are carried out on a world-class level,” he said.

Founded in 2015, the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities currently includes over 200 cities from the five UNESCO regions. The organisation assumes the cooperation of the member cities within the group and sharing ideas that can turn out to be universal in case of more than one city.

Every year, up to three cities from a given country can be accepted into the network, while Gdynia is the first Polish city in this group.