Created in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) fosters international cooperation with and between cities that have identified creativity as a strategic driver and enabler for sustainable urban regeneration and development. Until 16 June, midnight CET, cities around the world can submit their application to join the UCCN.
Today the Network brings together 116 cities from 54 countries, working towards common objectives: placing creativity and cultural industries at the core of local development plans, and actively cooperating through inter-city partnerships at the international level.
The UCCN is a flagship programme of UNESCO for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda, and the New Urban Agenda, at the local level.
If your city is interested in joining this growing Network, you may access the documents below and find out what is required and what it means to become a UNESCO Creative City.
We invite cities interested in joining the Network to read carefully these documents, before completing and submitting their application file.
In order to strengthen the geographical balance of the Network, please note that a specific cooperation framework is proposed under the 2017 UCCN Call for candidate cities of the Africa region, still under-represented within the Network. To know more, please refer to annexes 1 and 2 of the 2017 Designation Procedure.
All applications must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, using the official 2017 Application Form available on the website and must be received by UNESCO Secretariat no later than 16 June 2017, midnight CET. Applications received after this deadline, incomplete and/or received in a different format will not be evaluated.