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Creativity has become key to sustainable urban development and cities have increasingly evolved into living laboratories for development. LAB.2030 spotlights the diverse ways in which Creative Cities are thriving by embracing innovation and culture into their local policies to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The 22 cities, that have joined the Network from 2010 and 2013, have submitted their Membership Monitoring Reports. Learn more about how Beijing, Bogota, Brazzaville, Chengdu, Dublin, Enghien-les-Bains, Fabriano, Graz, Hangzhou, Icheon, Jeonju, Krakow, Norwich, Östersund, Paducah, Reykjavík, Saint-Étienne, Sapporo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney and Zahlé have been leveraging creativity for their sustainable development since their designation as UNESCO Creative Cities.  
64 cities from 44 countries have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities by Director-General, Irina Bokova. They join a Network at the frontline of UNESCO’s efforts to foster innovation and creativity as key drivers for a more sustainable and inclusive urban development. This network attracts growing interest from local authorities.
Until 16 June, midnight CET, cities around the world can submit their application to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).  Created in 2004, the UCCN fosters international cooperation with and between cities that have identified creativity as a strategic driver and enabler for sustainable urban regeneration and development.
UCLG – United Cities and Local Governments – will host its second Culture Summit in Jeju, Republic of Korea, in May 2017.
The Creative Cities, that have joined the Network from 2007 and 2009, have submitted their Membership Monitoring Reports. Discover the main achievements of the cities of Glasgow, Iowa City, Kobe, Lyon, Melbourne, Nagoya, Shenzhen, Bradford, Ghent and Kanazawa, in implementing the Network’s Mission Statement at both the local and international level.
From 17 to 21 October, the exhibition “Creative Travel to Japan: Creative Cities and Japanese Cultures” is held at UNESCO Headquarters. The event is co-organized by the Creative Cities Japan International Cultural Exchange Committee and the Japanese Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, with the support of Enghien-les-Bains (France), Creative City of Media Arts and host of the next UCCN Annual Meeting.
On 18 October, UNESCO will officially launch in Quito its Global Report, Culture: Urban Future. Core contribution of the Organization to the Habitat III Conference on Habitat and Sustainable Urban Development, this Report explores the role of culture for sustainable urban development. It is intended as a policy framework document to support governments in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Urban Development and the New Urban Agenda
The first 9 Creative Cities, that have joined the Network from 2004 and 2006, have submitted their Membership Monitoring Reports. Discover the main achievements in the cities of Edinburgh, Aswan, Popayán, Santa Fe, Bologna, Montreal, Seville, Berlin and Buenos Aires, in implementing the Network’s Mission Statement.
On 11 December 2015, UNESCO Creative Cities Network has welcomed 47 cities from 33 countries. The Network bears witness to an enhanced diversity and geographical representation with cities from 22 countries not previously represented. Today, UCCN is 116 Cities from 54 countries worldwide.