Shanghai Named "City of Design" by UNESCO
( 2010-05-24 )

Shanghai was designated "City of Design" as a member of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network by its Director General Irina Bokova on May 20, according to a report by China News Service.

Shanghai has showcased its great designing talent during the ongoing World Expo. For example, the electronic version of the ancient painting "Along the River During the Qingming Festival," the concept car "Leaf," and the Online Expo are all creative and eye-catching.

Bokova said at the designation ceremony that the expo is a good platform to show creativity. Shanghai should seize the valuable opportunity to exchange experiences in innovation with other members of the Creative Cities Network.

Shanghai first applied for the Creative Cities Network membership in April 2009. On Feb. 10, 2010, Bokova, on behalf of UNESCO, sent Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng an official letter confirming Shanghai's induction into the network.

According to sources, Shanghai will make full efforts to promote the development of creative industries such as design and fashion, in hopes of becoming the most creative city in the Asia-Pacific region and changing the label "Made in Shanghai" to "Created in Shanghai."

By People's Daily Online

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