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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.
The second Call for Applications for the International Award “UCLG – MEXICO City – Culture 21” is opened until 15 March 2016. Organized by UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments) and Mexico City, the objective of the International Award “UCLG – Mexico City – Culture 21” is to recognize cities and personalities that have distinguished themselves for their contribution to culture as a key driver for sustainable development.
UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, has announced the designation of 47 cities from 33 countries as new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The results of this year’s Call bears witness to the Network’s enhanced diversity and geographical representation with 22 cities from countries not previously represented. The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is pleased to welcome the following cities within its seven creative fields (Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music):