UNESCO earlier this month introduced 47 new members to its Creative Cities Network, which brings together cities from across the world with a special commitment in nurturing growth in one of the seven creative fields highlighted by the organization, namely crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts, and music. Launched in 2004, the 47 new cities now bring the number of its member cities to 116 worldwide, with 22 of the newly introduced members coming from countries previously not represented.
A number of Asian cities were also included in the new list, such as Bandung, Indonesia, with a special focus in design; Phuket, Thailand, with a focus on gastronomy; Varanasi, India, focusing on music; Singapore focusing on design; and Sasayama in Japan focusing on crafts and folk art.
Aiming to sustain international commitment between member cities to investing in creative fields as part of their urban development and cultural growth, the network will see discussions and collaboration between cities through annual meetings and other programs.
â€śThe UNESCO Creative Cities Network represents an immense potential to assert the role of culture as enabler of sustainable development,â€ť says UNESCO director general Irina Bokova in a statement. â€śI would like to recognize the many new cities and their countries that are enriching the Network with their diversity.â€ť
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