Launched in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) strengthens cooperation with and among cities that have recognized creativity as a strategic factor of sustainable development on an economic, social, cultural and environmental level.
By joining the Network, cities commit to sharing best practices, developing partnerships that promote creativity and cultural industries, strengthening participation in cultural life and integrating culture in urban development plans.
Building on this commitment, the 116 member cities from 54 countries that currently form this growing network, work together towards a common mission: placing creativity and cultural industries at the core of their development plans at the local level and actively cooperating at the international level.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music. While cities from the same creative field share information and collaborate intensely to develop joint partnerships, all member cities also have the possibility to peerlearn at common gatherings, such as international conferences or the Network’s Annual Meeting.
The Creative Cities Network is a privileged partner of UNESCO, not only as a platform for reflection on the role of creativity as a lever for sustainable development but also as a breeding ground of action and innovation, notably for the implementation of the post-2015 Development Agenda.
To join the Network a city has to apply for membership (see the conditions at the UNESCO web-site: http://en.unesco.org/creative-cities/).