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UNESCO Creative Cities Network

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The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is a network created in 2004.[1]

The purpose of UCCN is to foster cooperation both with and among cities that consider creativity is an important part of ensuring sustainable urban development.[1] Creative and cultural industries are central to development plans for cities participating in UCCN, as well as cooperating internationally.[1]

As at early 2016, 116 cities form a part of UCCN.[1]

Creative city activities[edit]

The cities forming part of UCCN are expected to share best practices concerning creativity in sustainable development. This includes developing partnerships made up of public, private and civil society sectors.[1] The cities are expected to:

"strengthen the creation, production, distribution and dissemination of cultural activities, goods and services; develop hubs of creativity and innovation and broaden opportunities for creators and professionals in the cultural sector; improve access to and participation in cultural life, in particular for marginalized or vulnerable groups and individuals; fully integrate culture and creativity into sustainable development plans."[1]

Seven creative fields are covered by the UCCN: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.[1]


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