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Reporting & monitoring

One of the main objectives of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is to function as a laboratory of ideas and innovative experiences intended to capitalize on the full potential of culture and creativity for sustainable urban development.

To this end, every four years member cities are required to produce a Membership Monitoring Report intended to:

  • Demonstrate their steadfast commitment towards the implementation of the UCCN Mission Statement both at the local and international level;
  • Renew their engagement through the presentation of an action plan for the following four years;
  • Obtain insights into the impact of the designations; and  
  • Encourage the development of research and case studies on the concepts and experiences of the creative cities.
The gathering and distribution of information will contribute to more effectively charting progress, showcasing the concrete achievements of the UCCN, highlighting effective policies, strategies and partnerships and supporting evidence-based formulation and implementation of new action plans while alerting to emerging issues regarding the role of culture and creativity in sustainable urban development.

The Membership Monitoring Guidelines, which offer guidance for the preparation of the reports, were adopted in the IX Annual Meeting held in Kanazawa (Japan) in 2015. Click to consult the Membership Monitoring Guidelines


Second round of UCCN Membership Monitoring Reports received in November 2016

Membership Monitoring Report of Glasgow, Creative City of Music, 2008 - 2016 (upcoming) 
Membership Monitoring Report of Lyon, Creative City of Media Arts, 2008 - 2016

First round of UCCN Membership Monitoring Reports received in February 2016

Membership Monitoring Report of Edinburg, Creative City of Literature, 2004 - 2016 (upcoming) 


Self-evaluation reports received between 2004 and 2016