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Mexico City: Creative City — Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano

Nearly 700 years have passed since the foundation of Mexico City, which, inevitably, would become the capital of the country and an important political, economic and cultural center of the Americas due to its strategic geographical location, the progress that its social structure reached in every age and, certainly, the great diversity of its historical and cultural legacy.

These qualities converted the city into a symbolic bridge between nations and continents developing its open, inclusive and supportive vocation to the world, in its constant aspiration for modernity in the educational, artistic, cultural, industrial, financial and urban sectors.

The heritage that five centuries of historical processes and social transformations have materialized and granted to Mexico City includes 4 sites declared World Heritage by the UNESCO, 9 archaeological sites, about 150 museums, and approximately 12 thousand monuments.

However, our capital began to write a new history inspired by the constitutional reform of 1996, which conferred on it the legal status of a federative entity, created the Federal District Government, and gave our people the right to democratically elect its highest representative for the first time –in this case, a Head of Government– in 1997.

Once its political autonomy was established, the Mexican capital expanded its progressive vision of economic, social and cultural development more than ever, which would come to be shaped 20 years later in the first Political Constitution of Mexico City, an advanced document –nationally and internationally– in matters of rights and freedoms for all citizens.

Through the promotion of democratic values such as respect and tolerance for diversity, equality, solidarity and social justice, we have strengthened our creative and innovative vocation in the face of the most pressing challenges, objectives and themes that appertain to the city, from different scopes and perspectives, with the aim of improving the quality of life of those who inhabit it.

The International Action, understood as a transversal axis of the public policies in Mexico City since the current administration, includes this notion in the schemes and mechanisms for cooperation, as well as in the processes of exchange and joint construction of solutions, especially with international city networks and organizations. Thus, we decided to undertake the important mission of presenting our capital's candidacy to become a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, under the creative field of Design.

In this manner, Mexico City, considered the eighth urban economy globally, enthusiastically assumes the responsibility and the task of enhancing an integral and strategic concept of Design that –based on an inclusive and sustainable approach– recognizes its capacity to devise, create and positively transform our spaces and realities.

— Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano, Eng., Coordinator General of International Affairs