On-line training program on Caring Cities.

Following the political mandate of the Bogotá Call to Action, we must support city and metropolitan authorities in their efforts to build inclusive communities based on mutual care and the recognition and support of caregivers living in large cities and metropolitan areas. Care work is crucial to overcoming poverty and reducing inequalities, as it contributes to empowerment, social protection and economic autonomy so that no one is left behind.


caring city is a city that generates well-being, designed on a neighbourhood scale, with local spaces and services that facilitate the daily lives of all people and improves the links between the different scales: home, neighbourhood, city and metropolitan area. The caring city model can have a positive impact on time availability and economic autonomy. Given that women spend 4.1 hours a day on unpaid work, compared to 1.7 hours a day for men, by designing cities with care in mind, we can create a more equitable and sustainable future for all. A care city is also a city that makes decisions collectively and across scales of governance, with social and gender co-responsibility for care.

With this in mind, Metropolis, the Seoul Metropolitan Government Human Resources Development Centre (SHRDC), which is the home of the Metropolis International Training Institute, UCLG, as well as UCLG-ASPAC have decided to develop an online training programme focused on the theme "Caring Cities". To ensure that all people can receive care and that care is provided under fair conditions for the whole of society, we have to work to make the way we care for each other and the way we are cared for fairer and more democratic.


In this on-line training, we will explore the concept and new way of politics for a “caring city” through self-paced e-learning content as well as Zoom live sessions organised by experts of Metropolis, UCLG Learning, and UCLG-ASPAC. The program is open to public officials of local governments and metropolitan spaces, it is free of charge and combines self-paced learning and video lectures exploring the concepts and concrete examples of "Caring Cities" mainly by the city of Bogota and Seoul. Moreover, it includes a series of interactive live sessions organised by Metropolis, UCLG, and UCLG-ASPAC for participants to engage with each other and learn from other experiences.

Live Sessions will take place via Zoom on the following dates:


  • Orientation 3rd July 2023 - 09:00-11:00 (CEST)
  • Session 1: What is a Caring City and Caring city services?  6th July, 2023 - 09:00-11:00 (CEST)
  • Session 2: Safe and Healthy Caring City 13th July, 2023 - 09:00-11:00 (CEST)
  • Session 3: Caring Mobility and Public Space 20th July, 2023 - 09:00-11:00 (CEST)



*For detailed information on the contents and requirements of the course, please refer to the Course's Guidebook



In order to apply, please fill out this registration form and send it to by 9 June 2023