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UNESCO Creative Cities Network
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is a network created in 2004.
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. Creative and cultural industries are central to development plans for cities participating in UCCN, as well as cooperating internationally.
As at early 2016, 116 cities form a part of UCCN.
Creative city activities
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. 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."
Seven creative fields are covered by the UCCN: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.
Sources and citations
- Home page of UCCN: http://en.unesco.org/creative-cities/
- UCCN's Mission Statement: http://en.unesco.org/creative-cities/sites/creative-cities/files/Mission_Statement_UNESCO_Creative_Cities_Network_1.pdf
- Actions and initiatives of UCCN: http://en.unesco.org/creative-cities/whatson
- Joining the UCCN: http://en.unesco.org/creative-cities/content/join-network