How Can Creative Cultures Help the Sustainability of Cities?


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  • DATE / TIME:
    2019•10•16    14:30 - 17:00

    Celebrating the UNESCO Creative City Network Craft and Folk-art Meeting in Kanazawa 2019, this international symposium will explore perspectives on how cultural capital, including craft arts, can contribute to the sustainability of cities. The vice-mayor of Ghent will present the city’s SDGs initiative, which has been selected as an example of SDGs good practice by the United Nations.


    Organiser: Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa, Institute for Advanced Study of Sustainability, United Nations University (UNU-IAS OUIK)

    Co-organizer: Kanazawa City


    14:30 Opening

    14:35–14:45 Opening Remarks

    14:45–15:30 Keynote Speech

    • Sami Souguir (Vice Mayor of the City of Ghent)
      “Ghent as creative city of music and SDG voice”

    15:30–16:50 Panel Discussion “Creativity Bridging Craft and SDGs”

    • Yukina Yasue (Universal Design Ishikawa)
      The Role of craft art to enhance inclusiveness
    • Case Presentation from Chiangmai city, Thailand
    • Juan Pastor Ivars (UNU-IAS OUIK)
      Japanese garden as SDGs platform

    Moderator: Mikiko Nagai (UNU-IAS OUIK)

    16:50-17:00 Closing Remarks:


    To register, please compete the form provided on the UNU-IAS OUIK website.


    Kanazawa Cultural Hall, 3F Conference Hall