9 November 2021

Gdynia is a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Autor: Natalia Spychalska

Gdynia has joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in November 2021. 

The Network numbers 295 cities reaching 90 countries that invest in culture and creativity – crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts, and music – to advance sustainable urban development.

“A new urban model needs to be developed in every city, with its architects, town planners, landscapers and citizens”, says UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, “We are urging everyone to work with States to reinforce the international cooperation between cities which UNESCO wishes to promote.”

Three newly designated Creative Cities of Film, Cannes, Cluj-Napoca and Gdynia are joining forces with existing member cities to develop innovative urban policies and solutions that place people and sustainability at the center of the development process, echoing the Urban Solutions launched by the UNESCO Cities Platform on the occasion of the World Cities Day 2021.

The collaborative spirit of the UCCN’s members is reflected in the publication UNESCO Creative Cities’ Response to COVID-19 in 2020. This year, too, the Network is collecting and disseminating information about the culture and creativity-based responses to COVID-19 that have been taken by members of the Network, which UNESCO will publish as part of its continued support to cities’ recovery from the pandemic.

More information about the Network:  www.en.unesco.org/creative-cities/home

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