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UNESCO creative cities network (UCCN)

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UNESCO creative cities network (UCCN)

What to study?

For Prelims and Mains: About Creative Cities Network- features and significance.

Context: The government of Hanoi recently held a ceremony to formally announce that the Vietnamese capital city is joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).

To date, the UCCN has granted membership to 246 cities around the world.

About Creative Cities Network:

What is it?

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.

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.

Joining the Network, cities commit to sharing their best practices and developing partnerships involving the public and private sectors as well as civil society in order to:

  1. Strengthen the creation, production, distribution and dissemination of cultural activities, goods and services;
  2. Develop hubs of creativity and innovation and broaden opportunities for creators and professionals in the cultural sector;
  3. Improve access to and participation in cultural life, in particular for marginalized or vulnerable groups and individuals;
  4. Fully integrate culture and creativity into sustainable development plans.

As of November, 2019, there are five Indian cities in UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) as follows:

  1. Jaipur-Crafts and Folk Arts(2015).
  2. Varanasi-Creative city of Music (2015).
  3. Chennai-Creative city of Music(2017).
  4. Mumbai – Film (2019).
  5. Hyderabad – Gastronomy (2019).

Sources: the hindu.