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UNESCO picks Srinagar as ‘Creative City’


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: UCCN

Mains level: Not Much

The UNESCO has picked up Srinagar among 49 cities as part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) under the Crafts and Folk Arts category.

What is UCCN?

  • UCCN created in 2004, is a network of cities that are thriving, active centers of cultural activities in their respective countries.
  • These cities can be from all continents with different income levels or with different levels of populations.
  • UCCN believes that these cities are working towards a common mission by placing creativity at the core of their urban development plans to make the region resilient, safe, inclusive and sustainable.
  • Ministry of Culture is the nodal Ministry of the Government of India for all matters in UNESCO relating to culture.

Objective of UCCN

  • Placing creativity and the creative economy at the core of their urban development plans to make cities safe, resilient, inclusive and sustainable, in line with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The 7 categories for recognition under UCCN are as follows:

  • Crafts and Folk Arts
  • Design
  • Film
  • Gastronomy (food)
  • Music
  • Media Arts
  • Literature

Previously, 3 Indian cities were recognized as members of UCCN namely-

  • Jaipur-Crafts and Folk Arts (2015)
  • Varanasi-Creative city of Music (2015)
  • Chennai-Creative city of Music (2017)
  • Mumbai-Film (2019)
  • Hyderabad- Gastronomy (2019)


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