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Posted by Maria Arias on November 13, 2017
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Panama joins the UNESCO Creative Cities Network

The Creative Cities Network of  UNESCO was created in 2004 to put innovation and creativity at the heart of new urban strategies to achieve more sustainable and inclusive development. The cities which currently make up this network work together towards a common objective: placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level.

Since October, 64 cities from 44 countries have joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, including Panama City, the first city in Central America with this distinction, which has been named a gastronomic city.

Countries must apply to be included in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, offering details of how they comply with sustainability, innovation and creativity. Panama submitted its application in June, which includes a four-year plan and a detailed budget to explain how the country creatively addresses the food industry.

The cities that want to participate can be submitted to one of the seven categories: literature, cinema, design, digital art, gastronomy, music and crafts and to be part of the network there must be a real commitment to the theme “chosen”, with an intersectoral participation that ensured the sustainability of the project and has the necessary infrastructures to facilitate the access and participation of citizens.