This e-publication is the result of the collaborative efforts and reflection undertaken by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. UNESCO would like to acknowledge the support of the many cities and people involved in the development of this e-publication and seize this opportunity to thank all the contributors for their time and work.
Culture and creativity have been affected in unprecedented ways by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with many World Heritage properties and cultural institutions closed, and with artists and cultural professionals struggling to make ends meet. At the same time, particularly at the local level, culture and creativity have provided relief to millions of people in the face of widespread lockdown measures, school closures, and social and economic upheaval.
This is why UNESCO is taking stock of how, across its Member States and cities, culture and creativity have helped to shape the local response to the pandemic, and how, in turn, culture and creativity can continue to develop and flourish as we work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
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