UNESCO Creative Cities: 13 Asia-Pacific cities celebrated for innovation, creativity

UNESCO Creative Cities: 13 Asia-Pacific cities celebrated for innovation, creativity

UNESCO Creative Cities: 13 Asia-Pacific cities celebrated for innovation, creativity

Thirteen cities in the Asia-Pacific region have been added to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

A total of 64 cities from 44 countries were designated as UNESCO Creative Cities in October by former Director-General, Irina Bokova.

The Network is at the frontline of UNESCO’s efforts to foster innovation and creativity as key drivers for more sustainable and inclusive urban development.

Cities joining the network commit to sharing best practices and partnerships that promote creativity and the cultural industries, strengthening participation in cultural life and integrating culture in urban development plans. The UNESCO Creative Cities Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music.

“These new designations showcase an enhanced diversity in city profiles and geographical balance, with 19 cities from countries not previously represented in the Network” said Ms Bokova..

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network now counts a total of 180 cities in 72 countries.

Within the framework of the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda, the Network provides a platform for cities to demonstrate culture’s role as an enabler for building sustainable cities.

Asia-Pacific cities newly added to the Creative Cities Network

  • Almaty (Kazakhstan) – Music
  • Auckland (New Zealand) – Music
  • Baguio City (Philippines) – Crafts and Folk Art
  • Bucheon (Republic of Korea) – Literature
  • Changsha (China) – Media Arts
  • Chennai (India) – Music
  • Chiang Mai (Thailand) – Crafts and Folk Art
  • Daegu Metropolitan City (Republic of Korea) – Music
  •  [City of] Greater Geelong (Australia) – Design
  • Macao Special Administrative Region, China (Associate Member, UNESCO) – Gastronomy
  • Qingdao (China) – Film
  • Wuhan (China) – Design
  • Yamagata City (Japan) – Film