Essaouira is now part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, Morocco’s National Commission for Education, Science and Culture announced on Friday.
In a press release, the commission affirms that, following the call for candidatures launched by UNESCO concerning membership in this network, it accompanied Essaouira, throughout the phase of the preparation of the candidature file, which highlighted the strengths of this city in relation to the requirements and standards.
This network, created in 2004, now has 246 member cities, notes the press release, specifying that the Kingdom of Morocco joined it in 2017, following the accession of the city of Tetouan as a creative city in the fields of crafts and folk arts.
The purpose of creating this network is to encourage member cities to pursue a common mission of placing creativity and the creative economy at the heart of their urban development plans in favor of cities that are safe, resilient, open to all and sustainable.
Thus, the programs and activities undertaken by these cities must be consistent with the United Nations sustainable development program by 2030, and in particular SDG 11 which aims to ensure that cities and human settlements are inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.