By: Daniel Cherrin Earlier this week, the Trump administration wannounced that the United States will withdrawl its membership in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
UNESCO is responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication.
In 2015, Detroit became the first American city to be named a UNESCO City of Design. That means that Detroit was recognized for its’ design legacy and commitment to promote cultural and creative industries. At that time it was the only US city with that designation and joined UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, 116 overall.
The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), is leading Detroit efforts in creating a vision for how design can drive sustainable urban development in Detroit over the next decade. They have already met with hundreds of creative people and business professionals and travelled to various parts of the world to adopt and bring best pracitces to The Motor City.
Asked what the Trump Administrations withdrawl means for the substantial investments already made in Detroit, DC3 Executive Driector Olga Stella said, “At this time, we are awaiting further information from our contacts at the State Department as well as the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) team to better understand the implications of the U.S. withdrawing from the UNESCO Network, and ultimately, how this will not only impact Detroit City of Design, but other UNESCO designations in the U.S.”
Stella went to say, “Regardless of decisions made, we will remain committed to the principles that qualified Detroit as a UNESCO City of Design. We remain committed to upholding the values of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and to our work showcasing how creativity remains a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and cultural vibrancy in Detroit and around the world.”
Despite the Trump Administration’s announcement, there are still plenty of opportunities to participate in DC3 and UNESCO City of Design. For all their event information, including Drinks x Design, visit their website @detroitc3.com.