The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) makes #creativity an essential driver and enabler for sustainable urban regeneration and development. Today the Network unites 116 cities from 54 countries with common objectives: placing creativity and cultural industries at the core of local plans, strategies and policies, and actively cooperating through inter-city partnerships at the international level. The UCCN is a key international programme in implementing the #SDGs at the city level.


Local Community


Through the Creative Cities Network programme, UNESCO acknowledges the commitment manifested by cities to place creativity at the core of their urban development strategies. The designation of a city as a UNESCO Creative City is a precondition for its admission as a full member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.


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.

Eligible Regions: Global

Application Process

All applications must be submitted by email to [email protected], using the official UCCN 2017 Application Form available below, and must be received by the 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.

Following the evaluation process carried out by internal and external consultations with independent experts and the member cities of the Network, the Director-General of UNESCO designates the UNESCO Creative Cities.

The announcement of the Creative Cities designated in 2017 will be published on the UNESCO website on 31 October 2017.

Application Deadline: June 16, 2017

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