The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is a strategic partner of The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, aimed at fostering international cultural, artistic and scientific cooperation to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights. The UCCN was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The Network, comprising 116 form 54 countries, covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.
UNESCO wyróżnia miasta kreatywne w siedmiu dziedzinach: rzemiosła artystycznego i sztuki ludowej, sztuki mediów, filmu, wzornictwa, gastronomii, literatury i muzyki.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network aims to:
- strengthen international cooperation between cities that have recognized creativity as a strategic factor of their sustainable development;
- stimulate and enhance initiatives led by member cities to make creativity an essential component of urban development, notably through partnerships involving the public and private sectors and civil society.
- 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 as well as the enjoyment of cultural goods and services, notably for marginalized or vulnerable groups and individuals;
- fully integrate culture and creativity into local development strategies and plans