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Querétaro and Mérida join UNESCO's Creative Cities Network

30/10/2019
, Mexico
11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
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On World Cities Day, 66 new cities join the global network, including 246 capitals.

On the occasion of World Cities' Day on 31 October, UNESCO is designated 66 new cities, including the Mexican capitals of Merida and Queretaro, to joing the Organization's Network of Creative Cities, which now number a total of 246 members. The network brings together cities that base their development on creativity, whether in music, arts and folk crafts, design, cinema, literature, digital arts or gastronomy. The capital of Yucatan was inscribed in the category of gastronomy, while Querétaro, in the category of design. Thus, Mexico has a total of 8 capitals in this UNESCO's Network: Ensenada (gastronomy), San Cristóbal de Las Casas (handicrafts), Puebla and Mexico City (design), Morelia (music) and Guadalajara (digital arts).  UNESCO's Creative Cities are committed to placing culture at the heart of their development strategy and to sharing best practices.

 

All over the world, these cities, each in its way, make culture the pillar, not an accessory, of their strategy. This favours political and social innovation and is particularly important for the young generations.

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

On 31 October, UNESCO and officials from 24 cities around the world will celebrate World Cities Day mobilizing the organization's different urban networks which focus not only on culture  but also on access, inclusion, global citizenship education, defense of rights, economics and employment, as well as climate change prevention and resilience. The celebration, an occasion for "urban dialogues," will showcase exceptional cities that rely on innovation and collective intelligence to shape their future. 

 

The new members of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network are:

  • Afyonkarahisar (Turkey) – Gastronomy
  • Ambon (Indonesia) – Music
  • Angoulême (France) – Literature
  • Areguá (Paraguay) – Crafts and Folk Art
  • Arequipa (Peru) – Gastronomy
  • Asahikawa (Japan) – Design
  • Ayacucho (Peru) – Crafts and Folk Art
  • Baku (Azerbaijan) – Design
  • Ballarat (Australia) – Crafts and Folk Art
  • Bandar Abbas (Iran [Islamic Republic of]) – Crafts and Folk Art
  • Bangkok (Thailand) – Design
  • Beirut (Lebanon) – Literature
  • Belo Horizonte (Brazil) – Gastronomy
  • Bendigo (Australia) – Gastronomy
  • Bergamo (Italy) – Gastronomy
  • Biella (Italy) – Crafts and Folk Art
  • Caldas da Rainha (Portugal) – Crafts and Folk Art
  • Cebu City (Philippines) – Design
  • Essaouira (Morocco) – Music
  • Exeter (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) – Literature
  • Fortaleza (Brazil) – Design
  • Hanoi (Vietnam) – Design 
  • Havana (Cuba) – Music
  • Hyderabad (India) – Gastronomy
  • Jinju (Republic of Korea) – Crafts and Folk Art
  • Kargopol (Russian Federation) – Crafts and Folk Art
  • Karlsruhe (Germany) – Media Arts
  • Kazan (Russian Federation) – Music
  • Kırşehir (Turkey) – Music
  • Kuhmo (Finland) – Literature
  • Lahore (Pakistan) – Literature
  • Leeuwarden (Netherlands) – Literature
  • Leiria (Portugal) – Music
  • Lliria (Spain) – Music
  • Mérida (Mexico) – Gastronomy
  • Metz (France) – Music
  • Muharraq (Bahrain) – Design
  • Mumbai (India) – Film
  • Nanjing (China) – Literature
  • Odessa (Ukraine) – Literature
  • Overstrand Hermanus (South Africa) – Gastronomy
  • Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) – Music
  • Portoviejo (Ecuador) – Gastronomy
  • Potsdam (Germany) – Film
  • Querétaro (Mexico) – Design
  • Ramallah (Palestine) – Music
  • San José (Costa Rica) – Design
  • Sanandaj (Iran [Islamic Republic of]) – Music
  • Santiago de Cali (Colombia) – Media Arts
  • Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) – Music
  • Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – Film
  • Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) – Crafts and Folk Art
  • Slemani (Iraq) – Literature
  • Sukhothai (Thailand) – Crafts and Folk Art
  • Trinidad (Cuba) – Crafts and Folk Art
  • Valladolid (Spain) – Film
  • Valledupar (Colombia) – Music
  • Valparaíso (Chile) – Music
  • Veszprém (Hungary) – Music
  • Viborg (Denmark) – Media Arts
  • Viljandi (Estonia) – Crafts and Folk Art
  • Vranje (Serbia) – Music
  • Wellington (New Zealand) – Film
  • Wonju (Republic of Korea) – Literature
  • Wrocław (Poland) – Literature
  • Yangzhou (China) – Gastronomy