UNESCO 2018 Creative Cities Congress in two Polish cities

Kraków and Katowice will host the UNESCO 2018 Creative Cities Congress Jerzy Ochoński

Two Polish cities, Kraków and Katowice (both in southern Poland) will host the UNESCO 2018 Creative Cities Congress which is to be held in June. Over 350 delegates from nearly 160 cities and 64 countries will discuss plans for the coming 12 years.

The closed sessions started in the Museum of Municipal Engineering in Kraków on Tuesday. Further meetings will be held in Katowice (southern Poland) on Friday.

This is the first time that Kraków - the UNESCO City of Literature and Katowice - the UNESCO City of Music have organised the UNESCO congress.

"It is a great pleasure for me that in 'the world of competition' Kraków and Katowice cooperate with each other," the President of the City of Kraków Jacek Majchrowski said at the congress' inauguration. He pointed out that both cities are developing dynamically.

The President of the City of Katowice Marcin Krupa stated that both cities create a 'great mixture' and complement each other thanks to their diversity.

The leading theme of this year's congress is 'Creative Crossroads' - cultural meetings and experiences which lead to creative exchanges and mutual inspiration.

The representatives of UNESCO cities will discuss plans for the coming 12 years and assess the realisation of tasks determined in the Agenda 2030, which include among others the eradication of poverty, ensuring equal access to education, equality, security and prosperity.

The new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was established at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York in 2015. The document relates to 17 sustainable development goals, which the international community should strive to fulfill by 2030.

The UNESCO programme Creative Cities Network was established in 2004 and aims at promoting cooperational activities between cities, acknowledging creativity as a strategic feature for their sustainable development. The programme consists of 180 cities which cooperate with each other in order to accomplish their joint purposes.

UNESCO grants the Creative City title in the scope of seven fields: literature, music, film, visual arts, design, craft and folk art and gastronomy.

Kraków is the first Creative City in Poland. The city achieved the UNESCO City of Literature title in 2013 as the first Slavic and the second non-English-speaking city in the world to be awarded the title.