- The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.
- The cities which currently make up this network work together towards a common objective: placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level.
- The Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.
- By joining the Network, cities commit to sharing their best practices and developing partnerships involving the public and private sectors as well as civil society.
Why in News?
- UNESCO has announced that Gwalior and Kozhikode are among 55 new cities to join the Creative Cities Network
- While Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh has made it to the coveted list in the ‘Music’ category, Kozhikode in Kerala has earned the place in the ‘Literature’ category.
- With the latest additions, the UCCN now counts 350 cities in more than a hundred countries, representing seven creative fields.
- Other Indian cities that have joined UCCN
- Mumbai – Film
- Hyderabad – Gastronomy
- Chennai – Creative city of Music
- Jaipur – Crafts and Folk Arts
- Varanasi – Creative city of Music
- Srinagar – Crafts and Folk Arts.