17 September 2020
Third UNESCO Creative Cities Beijing SummitFor its third edition, the UNESCO Creative Cities Beijing Summit, co-organized by UNESCO and the city of Beijing, will be held from 17 to 18 September 2020, under the theme ‘Creativity empowers cities, technology creates the future’.
The Summit will gather a diverse set of urban stakeholders, including mayors and local policymakers, high-level representatives from UN agencies, as well as experts and entrepreneurs, to undertake an in-depth reflection on how to shape new urban development patterns building on culture, creativity and new technologies, beyond the COVID-19 crisis.
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and its multifaceted impact on urban life, cities around the world have adapted and demonstrated creativity and innovation to devise appropriate and effective solutions.
Beyond providing essential public services to city dwellers and mitigating the direct effects of the crisis, the increasing use of emerging technologies and their applications has led cities to explore how creativity and innovation can improve urban management, towards building the sustainable cities of tomorrow.
Following the first two editions, successfully co-organized by UNESCO and the city of Beijing in 2013 and 2016, this year’s Summit will build on Beijing’s strengths in science and technology, to call further for creativity and innovation in and for cities, as well as promote culture’s role to bolster sustainable urban development.
This two-day event will also be the occasion of launching the UNESCO e-publication entitled ‘UNESCO Creative Cities’ Response to Covid-19’, which showcases good urban practices from Creative Cities highlighting the power of culture and creativity in response to the crisis.
Due to the unprecedented situation, the Summit will follow a hybrid format, combining the physical presence of representatives based in China and the online participation of speakers from other countries.
The event will be broadcasted live through the dedicated event website, with simultaneous interpretation in English and Chinese.
Contact Qiaobo Ni for more information.
Link to English transmission
Agenda_EN (1).pdf CONCEPT NOTE EN (1).pdf