What is the Creative Cities Network?
A network of creative cities, working together towards a common mission for cultural diversity and sustainable urban development.
Member cities are recognised as:
- “Creative hubs” that promote socio-economic and cultural development in both the developed and the developing world through creative industries
- “Socio-cultural clusters” connecting socio-culturally diverse communities to create a healthy urban environment.
The Network aims at developing international cooperation among cities and encouraging them to drive joint development partnerships in line with UNESCO’s global priorities of “culture and development” and “sustainable development”.
Once a city is appointed to the Network, it can share experiences and create new opportunities with other cities on a global platform, notably for activities based on the notions of creative economy and creative tourism (PDF)
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The Creative Cities Network was launched by UNESCO in October 2004 following the decision taken by the 170th Executive Board. It was originally born out of UNESCO's Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity initiative.