Charter of Educating Cities

The cities represented at the first International Congress of Educating Cities, held in Barcelona back in 1990, set forth in the initial Charter the basic principles that were to constitute the educational driving force of cities. They were based on the conviction that the personal development of their inhabitants cannot be left to chance. The Charter was reviewed at the third International Congress (Bologna, 1994), at the eighth Congress (Genoa, 2004), and in 2020 to adapt its focus to new social challenges and needs.


This Charter draws on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948); the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (1965); the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966); the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989); the World Declaration on Education for All (1990); the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995); the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2001); the World Charter for the Right to the City (2005); the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006); the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (2015), and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2015).



Charter in English
Charter in Basque
Charter in Catalan
Charter in French
Charter in Italian
Charter in Korean
Charter in Portuguese (and pocket edition)
Charter in Spanish
Charter in Valencian




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