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UNESCO Creative Cities Network

UNESCO Creative Cities Network:

Kozhikode, a city in north Kerala celebrated for its rich cultural heritage, has been officially declared as India’s first UNESCO City of Literature under the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

  • 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.
  • Almost 300 cities around the world currently make up this network.
  • Objective is placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level.
  • UNESCO designates the creative cities in seven fields:craft, folk art, media arts, film design, gastronomy, literature, and music.
  • Every year, UNESCO seeks applications from various cities across the globe to put them under its UCCN project.
  • The applications in India are routed through the Ministry of Culture.