MORE than 600 national and international delegates are visiting Cork from today as ‘the Olympics of Learning’ gets underway in the city.
The third annual UNESCO ‘Learning Cities Conference’ got underway today at City Hall, running until Wednesday.
Conference delegates will include mayors, city education executives and UNESCO experts, along with international organisations, non-government organisations and private-sector partners who are experts in the field of lifelong learning.
As part conference celebrations this weekend, Lord Mayor of Cork Tony Fitzgerald signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, Mr Edwin Lee.
This MOU is aimed at strengthening ties between the City and its sister city of San Francisco in the fields of education and lifelong learning.
Mr Lee is leading a delegation of more than 80 from the Golden Gate City.
The Lord Mayor said: "I am honoured and looking forward to welcoming such a large group from San Francisco during my term of office. I know that this visit and the extensive itinerary that has been put together can only strengthen the bonds that already exist between our two cities, and I look forward to playing my part in this."
Cork City Council Chief Executive, Ann Doherty said: "It is testament to the great ties between Cork and San Francisco that such a large delegation led by Mayor Lee is visiting our city.
"It is an opportunity to showcase all that Cork city has to offer. I want to thank everyone who has been involved in the organisation of the visit and putting together such a vast and varied programme for the five days."