Dear Focal Points of UNESCO Creative Cities,
As you know, the world is currently facing a coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and cities around the globe, including members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), have felt its effects. I wish to express my best wishes and enduring support to all our Member Cities during this difficult time.
With 246 Member Cities from over 80 UNESCO Member States around the world, the UCCN has steadily grown into a major global network for international exchange and collaboration among cities for culture. As a result, the UCCN also plays a leading role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. (…)
In 2020, UNESCO will further reinforce its efforts to integrate new Member Cities into the Network. As diversity, both in terms of representation and activities, is one of the key objectives of the Network, the quick and smooth integration of new members is vital. (…)
I would like to thank the Member Cities that, following UNESCO’s call, have already shared valuable information and materials on the creative practices they have developed in order to cope with the current situation. This illustrates the power of culture and creativity, which can be leveraged to strengthen cooperation among Member Cities. I look forward to hearing from more cities in the coming weeks. (…)
Now more than ever, we call for your continuous support and close collaboration with UNESCO to make the UCCN more relevant, meaningful and impactful. Building a stronger UCCN and realizing its potential is our common objective.
Cities are at the center of our common efforts for a better future, and I look forward to working with all of you to build on the great potential of cities through the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
Ernesto Ottone R.