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From 18 to 22 July 2022, the XIV Annual Conference of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in Santos, Brazil gathered 220 participants, including 40 mayors, from some 100 Creative Cities worldwide After a two-year interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNESCO Creative Cities representatives met again in person in Santos, Brazil, to exchange views, experiences and initiatives aimed at promoting more inclusive and egalitarian cities, in line with UNESCO’s global priorities and Sustainable Development Goals 10, “Reduced Inequalities”, and 11...
Held for the first time in the region, Expo 2020 Dubai, has opened its doors to welcome participants and visitors from around the world. As the host city of the event, Dubai, also a UNESCO Creative City of Design, continues to pursue its aspiration to “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” and promoting sustainable development. During the Expo, over 192 participating countries and manifold organizations gather in Dubai to showcase their elements and innovation towards sustainability. From solar farms and other renewable resources...
More than half of the world’s population currently live in urban areas and cities have progressively become hubs of human activities, resilience, sustainability and innovation. UNESCO recognizes the important role that cities play in realising sustainable development. In 2019,  the UNESCO Cities Platform (UCP) was established, bringing together its 8 cities-centered or related networks and programmes, namely the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC), the International Coalition of...
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network aims to promote culture and creativity led urban development. Created in 2004, the Network has established itself as a strategic platform of exchange and collaboration, while promoting, demonstrating and reinforcing the role of culture and creativity as a catalyst for building more sustainable, resilient and inclusive cities. The importance of food and gastronomy within the 2030 Agenda is reflected by all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. To highlight their importance, the United Nations has also...
Under the theme ‘UNESCO Creative Cities: Build back better from COVID-19’, UNESCO in collaboration with the Creative City of Santos (Brazil), organized an online meeting on 6 and 7 July 2021. Throughout the two days, the event brought together more than 175 Creative Cities from 62 countries, and gave voice to mayors, representatives and other stakeholders such as project managers from the Creative Cities to share their valuable experiences, exchange their good practices, and foster our collective efforts to highlight the decisive...
Culture is a key component of human development as it provides people with a sense of community, identity, innovation, and creativity. Recognizing this potential and in accordance with the UN Resolution 74/230, the President of the General Assembly will convene, in partnership with UNESCO, a one-day high-level event on 21 May 2021, World Diversity Day for Dialogue and Development. Focused on “Culture and Sustainable Development” and commemorating the “International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development...
Music, a global universal language, connects people from different walks of life. It is a powerful agent of social change, reaching millions of people, raising awareness of social, economic, cultural, and environmental facets of development. Recognizing this potential, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, positions music as one of the seven creative fields to support its member cities in their common quest to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. On the occasion of the 2021 International Jazz Day, Creative Cities of Music will...
To foster exchange of good urban practices and raise awareness about the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and its mission in the South Asian region, the UNESCO New Delhi Cluster Office hosted a webinar series titled “UNESCO Creative Cities Network: Channeling the Potential of South Asian Cities”. Fostering international cooperation between cities, the webinars featured sharing of good practices and innovative cases from Creative Cities worldwide. The participating cities included Hyderabad, Mumbai, Jaipur from India, Bologna (Italy), Geelong...
Created in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) gathers 246 cities worldwide, that have recognized culture and creativity as strategic enablers for the achievement of sustainable urban development under the 2030 Agenda. The vision of harnessing the transformative power of culture and creativity in different facets of urban governance is the driving force behind the UCCN. The cultural assets and creative vibrancy of each member city are covered under seven creative fields of the Network, namely: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film,...
On the occasion of the World Cities Day 2020, UNESCO in the framework of the UNESCO Cities Platform of which Creative Cities Network is a part of, will bring together speakers from academia, public and private sectors, and civil society for an “Urban Dialogue”, to continue the discussion on the integral and essential role of communities in building sustainable and resilient cities. This celebration will also be an opportunity for UNESCO to showcase the full range of its expertise and activities in the urban context, contributing to the...