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15.11.2018 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Maria Francesca Merloni, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, participates in a panel on art as a vector for inclusion in the urban space

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On 31 October last, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador of creative cities Maria Francesca Merloni took part in a discussion panel on the topic “The power of art as a vector for inclusion and non-discrimination in the urban space”. This event was organized in the framework of the Celebration of World Cities Day at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris.

The theme of the celebration “Building sustainable and resilient cities” was discussed by experts, artists and other actors of urban life. The speakers exchanged about the role of cities as incubators for cultural, social, economic and political innovation to develop forms of governance that foster inclusion, diversity and creativity.

In addition to Maria Francesca Merloni, the panel, which was chaired by Anne-Marie Melster, Co-Founder and Executive Director of ARTPORT, featured Deputy Mayor of Nancy Lucienne Redercher, Benedetto Zacchiroli, President of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism (ECCAR), Kouka and Shuck One, both Street Artists and social activists.

The poet and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Maria Francesca Merloni emphasized on the laboratory role of the city where the population and the politicians must work together to foster economic development, creativity and social inclusion.

It is worth repeating that it is because of the hard work of Maria Francesca Merloni that the Italian city of Crafts and Folk, Fabriano, became a UNESCO Creative City in 2013, and that it will host the XIII Annual Meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in 2019.




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