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On the occasion of the World Cities Day 2020, UNESCO in the framework of the UNESCO Cities Platform of which Creative Cities Network is a part of, will bring together speakers from academia, public and private sectors, and civil society for an “Urban Dialogue”, to continue the discussion on the integral and essential role of communities in building sustainable and resilient cities.
In the framework of the UNESCO Cities Platform (UCP), the UNESCO will organize the online meeting ‘Urban Solutions: Learning from the cities’ responses to COVID-19’ on Thursday 25 June, 2020, from 1:30 to 5:00 PM CET. The UCP encompasses 8 UNESCO city Networks and Programmes from all its fields of expertise, including the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).
Facing the COVID-19 pandemic and its various effects, cities around the world are taking actions towards the safety and health of their inhabitants. Responding to the current pandemic is a shared objective for UNESCO and all its stakeholders, including the Creative Cities Network.
UNESCO Creative Cities of Music: Llíria (Spain), Ambon (Indonesia), Praia (Cabo Verde), Mannheim (Germany), and Bologna (Italy) have revamped ways to celebrate the International Jazz Day amidst the outbreak of COVID-19. Through different virtual and creative means, this year’s celebration also aims to send a message of hope and recovery, and allow communities to reconnect to each other through music in times of isolation.
Since the adoption of the Agenda 21 for culture in 2004, UCLG United Cities and Local Governments promotes the exchange of experiences and improves mutual learning around culture and sustainable development through different activities, such as the International Award “UCLG – Mexico City – Culture 21”.
This 30 October 2019, 66 cities have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities by the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay. As laboratories of ideas and innovative practices, the UNESCO Creative Cities bring a tangible contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through innovative thinking and action.
Until 30 June, midnight CET, cities worldwide can submit their application to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. 
Creativity has become key to sustainable urban development and cities have increasingly evolved into living laboratories for development. LAB.2030 spotlights the diverse ways in which Creative Cities are thriving by embracing innovation and culture into their local policies to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The 22 cities, that have joined the Network from 2010 and 2013, have submitted their Membership Monitoring Reports. Learn more about how Beijing, Bogota, Brazzaville, Chengdu, Dublin, Enghien-les-Bains, Fabriano, Graz, Hangzhou, Icheon, Jeonju, Krakow, Norwich, Östersund, Paducah, Reykjavík, Saint-Étienne, Sapporo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney and Zahlé have been leveraging creativity for their sustainable development since their designation as UNESCO Creative Cities.  
64 cities from 44 countries have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities by Director-General, Irina Bokova. They join a Network at the frontline of UNESCO’s efforts to foster innovation and creativity as key drivers for a more sustainable and inclusive urban development. This network attracts growing interest from local authorities.