The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was established in 2004 to strengthen the intercity business association, which is recognized as a strategic factor in economic, social, cultural and environmentally sustainable development. The Creative Cities Network is consist up of cities that are ready to accumulate resources, experiences and knowledge for this purpose. Since its foundation, the cities that have been based on innovation and technological city life have been involved in this network.
Between 2008 and 2015, 69 creative cities from 32 countries participated in the network, while 2015-2017 included 111 creative cities in 40 countries. Cities participating in the network are evaluated design, craft and folk arts, film, literature, gastronomy, music and media arts categories.
The objectives of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network are to implement activities in the areas of action listed below, both at the level of member cities and internationally. Experiences and best pratices sharing pilot projects, partnerships and initiatives involving public, private and non-governmental organizations, professional and artistic exchange programs, research and evaluations on creative urban experience, policies and measures for sustainable urban development, communication and awareness activities are the work of the formation of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.