UNESCO creative cities network has been established in 2004 with the aim of strengthening the inter-city cooperation which has been accepted as a strategic factor of sustainable development from economical, social, cultural and environmental points of view. There are 180 member cities from 72 countries as of 2018. It is comprised of seven creative arts such as handicrafts, folkloric arts, design, film making, gastronomy, literature, mediatic arts, and music.
The cities in the network agree on the followings:
To share the experiences acquired from the best practices,
To develop partnerships supporting the creativity and cultural industries,
To intensify the participation in cultural life,
To integrate the culture into urban development plans.