Sixty four cities from forty four countries have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities by Director-General, Irina Bokova. They join a Network at the frontline of UNESCO’s efforts to foster innovation and creativity as key drivers for a more sustainable and inclusive urban development. This network attracts growing interest from local authorities.
“These new designations showcase an enhanced diversity in city profiles and geographical balance, with 19 cities from countries not previously represented in the Network” declared the Director-General. She added “The cooperation framework proposed to foster candidate cities from the Africa region – a UNESCO Global Priority – has been a true success with nine African cities now joining the Network.”
The list of the new 64 UNESCO Creative Cities is available here.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network now counts a total of 180 cities in 72 countries. While differing geographically, demographically or economically, all Creative Cities commit to develop and exchange innovative best practices to promote creative industries, strengthen participation in cultural life, and integrate culture into sustainable urban development policies. Within the framework of the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda, the Network provides a platform for cities to demonstrate culture’s role as an enabler for building sustainable cities.
Galway City of Film would like to particularly welcome the five new UNESCO Cities of Film:
- Bristol (England)
- Łódź (Poland)
- Qingdao (China)
- Terrassa (Spain)
- Yamagata City (Japan)
We commend our friends and colleagues for achieving the UNESCO status for their respective cities and look forward to working with them all in the future.