Maria Francesca Merloni of Italy becomes UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Creative Cities

03 October 2017

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will name Italian poet Maria Francesca Merloni as a Goodwill Ambassador for Creative Cities in a ceremony at the Organization’s Headquarters on 4 October at 6.30 pm.

Ms Merloni has been chosen for this role in recognition of her work to promote creativity as a strategic factor and catalyst for sustainable urban development, her engagement with UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network and her dedication to the ideals and objectives of UNESCO.

Maria Francesca Merloni has a degree in political science from the Universitat Libera Universita Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli (Italy). She has published numerous collections of poetry including Opera, Passo delle Costellazioni and Il Mediterraneo. She is also wrote several monologues that have been adapted to the theatre.

Ms Merloni has also been artistic Director of Poiesis, an artistic festival organized in the Marches region (Italy), which combines music, poetry, cinema and philosophy. She also supported the Italian city of Fabriano in joining UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, of which it became a member in 2013.

As Goodwill Ambassador, Ms Merloni will promote UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network (UCCN), a platform for cooperation with and among cities that place creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans. The network currently brings together 116 cities in all parts of the world.

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors are an outstanding group of advocates who promote the ideals of the organization. They extend and amplify UNESCO's work and mission and have generously accepted to use their talent and status to help focus the world's attention on the work of UNESCO.

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Journalists wishing to attend the ceremony are requested to contact Djibril Kebe at UNESCO’s Media Section: d.kebe@unesco.org +33(0)145681741