Two years after the Philippines’ first city was included in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Network of Creative Cities, Cebu City has become the second Filipino city to enter that list. Joining Baguio City and 245 other cities around the world, Cebu was included as a creative city of design.
“The Network brings together cities that base their development on creativity, whether in music, arts and folk crafts, design, cinema, literature, digital arts or gastronomy,” UNESCO explains. Cebu was inducted into the list, along with 65 other cities, for pushing pushing creativity and innovation as major factors in urban development.
“All over the world, these cities, each in its way, make culture the pillar, not an accessory, of their strategy,” UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said in a press statement. “This favors political and social innovation and is particularly important for the young generations.”
UNESCO’s website states that the network was founded in order “to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.” It is in line with the framework of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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