The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004. The network’s core missions are to raise awareness of the power of creativity and innovation in building sustainable cities.
This commitment lies within the framework of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda. Members of the network work together on the common objective of placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level.As part of our commitment to the UCCN, the City of Greater Geelong will provide UNESCO with a report on Geelong’s contributions to the New Urban Agenda and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Our obligations as part of the UCCN Mission
- Develop, pool and share good practices, highlighting the contribution of creativity in building more sustainable and inclusive cities, and increase their outreach through the UCCN website;
- Reflect key objectives of the 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda in local development strategies and policies as well as encourage Research & Development in the fields of culture creativity and innovation to feed international reflection;
- Engage in ‘Co-creative Cooperation’ with cities from the Global south, a mechanism set up by UNESCO to foster exchange, solidarity, experience and knowledge sharing with under-represented regions within the Network, particularly Africa and the Arab States;
- Take an active part in our UCCN subnetwork of Design to monitor major trends in this sector, identify opportunities and build a strategic approach, while working transversally with other creative fields subnetworks to foster cooperation and synergies;
- Promote Geelong’s creative community by enhancing its capacities and possibilities, including involvement in international programs, and mobility through artistic residencies sited in other Creative Cities.