Until 30 June, midnight CET, cities worldwide can submit their application to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
Created in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) fosters international cooperation within and across cities of the world that have invested in culture and creativity as an accelerator of sustainable development.
Today the Network brings together 180 cities from 72 countries from all regions of the world. The UNESCO Creative Cities have a common mission: placing creativity and cultural industries at the core of their development strategies to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
As laboratories of ideas and innovative practices, the UNESCO Creative Cities bring a concrete contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda through policy-making and grass-root projects promoting the participation of all stakeholders, including women, youth and vulnerable groups. The Creative Cities’ commitment testifies to their central role at the frontline of sustainable development for communities.
The names of the new Creative Cities designated in 2019 will be announced before the end of the year.
If your city is interested in joining this growing Network, you may access the documents below and find out what is required and what it means to become a UNESCO Creative City.