Seoul City and the Korean National Commission for UNESCO co-hosted a “National Forum on the Enhancement of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network” at the international conference hall of the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Seoul from 2 pm, March 25. The forum was aimed at accelerating the development of Seoul and at finding diverse measures to improve the quality of life for Seoul’s citizens by utilizing the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was launched in October 2004 to construct an international cooperation network for cities worldwide and to enable them to share their cultural assets. Currently, 28 cities in seven areas (design, literature, movies, music, folklore, art, and media art) have been selected as Creative Cities, and are cooperating with UNESCO to advance development in the relevant fields. Seoul City made the list in the design field on July 20, 2010.
The forum was held under the theme “Measures of the urban development that utilizes UNESCO Creative Cities Network” to commemorate Seoul’s designation as a UNESCO Creative City of Design. At the forum, Chun Taeck-soo, Secretary-General of the Korean National Commission for UNESCO, and Rebecca Wurzburger, Vice Mayor of Santa Fe in the U.S.A., delivered keynote speeches on “What makes a creative city.”
The National Forum on the Enhancement of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network is all the more significant in that it was the first forum to be held since Seoul’s designation as a Creative City of Design.
In attendance at the event were more than 400 people, including Mayor of Seoul Oh Se-hoon, representatives from design organizations and associations, entrepreneurs, City Council members, journalists, and members of the general public, who together discussed ways to develop UNESCO Creative Cities.