Petaling Jaya (PJ) City Council is named as one of the 10 winners of the 2019 UNESCO Learning City Award for its exemplary progress and commitment to promote education and lifelong learning at the local level. Ten cities from around the world has received the 2019 UNESCO Learning City Award on 30 September 2019 in Medellín, Colombia. Nine other winners are Aswan (Egypt), Chengdu (China), Heraklion (Greece), Ibadan (Nigeria), Medellín (Colombia), Melitopol (Ukraine), Santiago (Mexico), Seodaemun-gu (Republic of Korea) and Sønderborg (Denmark).
PJ had made great strides to improve access to public learning spaces, providing free bus services across four city routes which also double as information disseminators through their on-board screens.
The biennial UNESCO Learning City Awards recognize UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) members who have demonstrated significant progress in enhancing education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.
The award was established to further promote lifelong learning for all and showcase good practices in building learning cities. It is conferred on cities that have thereby achieved outstanding progress in learning city development.
Learning cities are key drivers to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. They provide good policies and practices, fostering sustainable development at various levels, notably through lifelong learning.