Sri Lanka participated at the Baguio Creative City Project under UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN)
The formation of the UCCN revolves around the basic premise of the United Nations about cities as catalysts of the creative economy where art and cultural practices generate livelihoods, an ideas extended and solidified through Sustainable Development Goal 11: Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. UCCN aims to be a collaborative platform where cities with creative industries can share best practices, built in each other’s capacities and find ways for mutual cooperation in the presence of developmental challenges.
Despite being a relatively new UNESCO initiative, the UCCN has already provided assistance to hundreds of cities since its inception in 2004.
Baguio City is the first ever Philippine city to be designated as a UNESCO Creative City for crafts and folk arts.
By joining the network, cities acknowledged their commitment to sharing best practices, developing partnerships that promote creativity and the cultural industries, strengthening participation in cultural life and integrating culture in urban development plans.
Sri Lanka Embassy
15th February 2018