Manchester given new global recognition with UNESCO city title- here’s what it means

The title is one that has seen Manchester join a unique group of cities
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Manchester has been officially recognised with a UNESCO city title. The city has been given the title of a City of Lifelong Learning. 

Cities given this title are ones that are shown to successfully promote lifelong learning across communities and share knowledge with each other. Manchester is one of 64 cities in 35 countries to join the UNESCO network. 

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Manchester was added to the network following a rigorous application process, including a nomination from the UK Commission for UNESCO and the recommendations of a jury of experts. Throughout the application, Manchester had to demonstrate a track record of good practices and policy initiatives, which are key prerequisites for becoming a learning city.

Councillor Bev Craig, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: "Manchester is one of the UK's fastest growing cities, with strong population and economic growth. We're a city that has transformed itself over the last several decades from a declining industrial northern city into a dynamic and diverse metropolis that today attracts talent, investment and visitors from all over the world.  

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"Nothing is more important to us than making sure our local residents can reap the benefits of this and take advantage of all the opportunities this brings, which is why we're determined to do everything we can to promote inclusive and quality learning opportunities for residents of all ages across the city.

"Being part of an international network of cities across the globe who share our determination to make positive changes and improve levels of learning across our city, gives us a fantastic opportunity to make even more of a difference to them and to further improve outcomes across the board."

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