In 2004, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched their famous Creative Cities Network (UCCN). The goal was to strengthen international cooperation between cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development and inter-cultural dialogue. They believe that culture and creativity are lived and developed on the local level, and by tapping into cultural industries, both with the help of public authorities and the private sector, it can inspire civic engagement, and help people confront challenges that face their communities, including economic crises, environmental impacts, demographic growth, and social tensions. Ultimately, UNESCO, through programs like the UCCN, aims to build peace through international cooperation in education, the sciences, and culture.
The UCCN currently is comprised of 180 cities and focuses on seven creative fields. These include:
Crafts and Folk Art
Using a combination of these fields, creative cities are committed to placing culture and creativity at the core of their sustainable development policies, strategies, and initiatives.
Chennai IN UCCN