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Since the adoption of the Agenda 21 for culture in 2004, UCLG United Cities and Local Governments promotes the exchange of experiences and improves mutual learning around culture and sustainable development through different activities, such as the International Award “UCLG – Mexico City – Culture 21”.
This 30 October 2019, 66 cities have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities by the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay. As laboratories of ideas and innovative practices, the UNESCO Creative Cities bring a tangible contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through innovative thinking and action.
Until 30 June, midnight CET, cities worldwide can submit their application to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
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.