UCCN News│The XIV Annual Conference of the UCCN Opens

ICSD | 07 25, 2022


The XIV Annual Conference of the UCCN Opens in Santos, Brazil

On July 19, 2022, at 12:00 local time, the opening ceremony of the XIV Annual Conference of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was held in Santos, Brazil, the UNESCO Creative "City of Film", with the participation of the Mayor of Santos, Rogério Santos, and the Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO, Ernesto Ottone. This was the first time that representatives of creative cities met at the annual event after two years of postponement due to the COVID-19 epidemic, and the first time that the annual meeting of the UCCN was held in the Latin America region.


The theme of this year's meeting is "Creativity, Path to Equality", where cities exchange ideas on how cultural creativity can promote social inclusion and equal opportunities. Over 300 participants from 50 countries, including 50 mayors, along with representatives of 100 Creative Cities, will be in Santos.


The Mayor of Santos, Rogério Santos, presented Santos' experience in the field of sustainable urban development and highlighted the significance of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network building in promoting social equity.


Mayor of Santos, Rogério Santos delivers an address at the meeting

Ernesto Ottone, Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO, explained the impact of the epidemic on cities and lives, and pointed out that creativity and culture will be an important path to economic recovery and the building of an equitable society.

Ernesto Ottone, Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO, addresses the meeting


The UCCN Annual Conference is an annual event where the UCCN Secretariat and creative cities around the world meet to celebrate the work of the past year, share international cooperation projects in the field of culture and creativity, and convey the mission of the UCCN.

UNESCO Creative City of Film - Santos, Brazil



The XIV Annual Conference of the UCCN will be held from July 18 to July 22, 2022, and over the course of the 5-day conference, participants will have the opportunity to enhance communication and cooperation by engaging in different types of activities. The conference will be organized around six cross-cutting themes, including: supporting Africa and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), promoting gender equality, empowering youth, strengthening climate action, advancing post-epidemic recovery, and strengthening international cooperation through cultural and creative action. The host city will also organize cultural experience activities at the Creative Pavilion to promote cultural exchange.

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