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On 24 January, UNESCO Creative Cities will be mobilizing to celebrate World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture. Adopted during the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference in 2019, this international event honours the diverse and vibrant cultures of Africa and its diasporas and promotes them as powerful catalysts for strengthening cultural diversity, international cooperation and peace. To mark this celebration, UNESCO Creative Cities are organizing a variety of events, from conferences and exhibitions to workshops and...
To mark this year’s World Cities Day, the Director-General has announced that the city of Braga has been selected as the Host City of the XVI UNESCO Creative Cities Network Annual Conference in 2024. More
From 13 October 2022, UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature across the globe will come together to mark the very first edition of World Novel Week. This worldwide celebration of novels, creative writing and reading aims to encourage the appreciation of literature as an expression of human creativity and raise awareness on its uniting power in enhancing knowledge-sharing, cultural diversity and international cultural exchange.   On this occasion, UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature are hosting a diverse range of literary initiatives...
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...