The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is a project of UNESCO launched in 2004 to promote cooperation among cities which recognized creativity as a major factor in their urban development. As of 2017[update], there are 180 cities from 72 countries in the network.
The network aims to foster mutual international cooperation with and between member cities committed to invest in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and cultural vibrancy. The Network recognizes the following creative fields:
- The overall situation and activities within the Network is reported in the UCCN Membership Monitoring Reports, each for a 4-year period for a particular city.
- The Network recognizes the concept of creative tourism, defined as travel associated with creative experience and participation.
Crafts and Folk Arts
|Kobe, Nagoya, Shenzhen||2008|
|Saint-Etienne, Seoul, Shanghai||2010|
|Bilbao, Helsinki, Turin, Dundee||2014|
|Bandung, Puebla, Detroit, Singapore, Kaunas||2015|
|Geelong, Kortrijk, Istanbul, Wuhan||2017|
9 cities joined this network on the occasion of World Cities’ Day as Design Cities on October 31, 2019. They are: Asahikawa (Japan), Baku (Azerbaijan), Bangkok (Thailand), Cebu City (Philippines), Fortaleza (Brazil), Hanoi (Vietnam), Muharraq (Bahrain), Potsdam (Germany) and San José (Costa Rica).
- "What is the Creative Cities Network ?", a UNESCO webpage
- Creative Cities Network homepage
- Inequalities in Creative Cities: Issues, Approaches, Comparisons, 2016, ISBN 1349951153 p. 241
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- "Reporting & monitoring", a UCCN webpage
- OECD Studies on Tourism Tourism and the Creative Economy, 2014, ISBN 9264207872, p. 83
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- "York | Creative Cities Network". en.unesco.org. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
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