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The Director-General of UNESCO is responsible for the designation of the cities in conformity with the Designation Procedures and following consultations with: 
I. UNESCO-designated independent experts, and/or non-governmental organizations, independent institutions, including universities, specialising in the seven creative fields covered by the Network and/or in the role of creativity in urban development;
II. Cities that are members of the Network, organized into seven creative fields: crafts and folk arts, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts and music.
Cities interested in joining the network are invited to visit the “Call for application” page to find more information.