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Srinagar: UNESCO Creative Cities Network
- 10 Nov 2021
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Recently, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Srinagar as a part of UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).
- After Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Varanasi and Jaipur, Srinagar is the sixth Indian city to achieve this distinction.
- The Srinagar city has been designated the creative city in the field of Crafts and Folk Arts - only second city in India in this category after Jaipur.
- It will not only give global recognition to the Srinagar city but also help it in international funding, tie-ups with craft universities and pitching craft as a product.
- With this, the capital city of Jammu and Kashmir (Srinagar) has entered the club of 295 creative cities network across the world.
- Every year, UNESCO seeks applications for various cities across the globe for putting them under its UCCN project. The applications in India are routed through the Ministry of Culture.
- UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN):
- It was created in 2004.
- It aims to “promote cooperation among cities which recognize creativity as a strategic factor in their urban development”.
- Sustainable Development Goal 11 aims for Sustainable Cities and Communities.
- The network covers seven creative fields: crafts and folk arts, media arts, film, design, gastronomy, literature and music.
- Indian Cities on UCCN:
- Srinagar - Crafts and Folk Arts (2021)
- Mumbai – Film (2019).
- Hyderabad – Gastronomy (2019).
- Chennai- Creative city of Music (2017).
- Jaipur- Crafts and Folk Arts (2015).
- Varanasi- Creative city of Music (2015).
- It is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN). It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture.
- It was founded in 1945 and is located in Paris, France.
- Major Initiatives of UNESCO:
- UNESCO Science Report
- Global Education Monitoring Report
- State of the Education Report for India