CREATIVE CITIES NETWORK
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The 246 cities which currently make up this network work together towards a common objective: placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level.
The Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.
The Creative Cities Network is a privileged partner of UNESCO, not only as a platform for reflection on the role of creativity as a lever for sustainable development but also as
a breeding ground of action and innovation, notably for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
encouraging the preservation and promotion of indigenous crops and their use in traditional gastronomy so as to transmit this knowledge to future generations;
promoting collaboration between farmers, chefs and those who are engaged in related industries as well as research in order to enhance the region’s unique gastronomy; and
sharing experiences related to the promotion of Creative Cities. Tsuruoka is committed to interacting with other members of the UCCN in order to support the development of each member’s potential.
Every four years following the year of the designation, UNESCO Creative Cities Network member cities are required to submit a Membership Monitoring Report to report their activities and projects that had taken place. In November 2018, Tsuruoka City turned in the report that covers the four years since the city had joined the network in December 2014.