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Srinagar makes it to UNESCO’s creative cities list, PM Modi congratulations people of Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar becomes one of the cities included in the creative cities network of UNESCO , becoming the third Indian city to make the list after Mumbai and Hyderabad.

On Monday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced its creative cities network, which includes 49 cities from around the world. 

Cities added to the UNESCO creative cities network

Following their designation by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, the 49 cities were admitted to the Unesco creative cities network (UCCN). 

According to a news release released on the Unesco website, the cities were chosen for “their commitment to placing culture and creativity at the heart of their development and to sharing knowledge and good practices”.

“A new urban model needs to be developed in every city, with its architects, town planners, landscapers and citizens,” said Unesco Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

“We are urging everyone to work with States to reinforce the international cooperation between cities which Unesco wishes to promote,” he added.

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PM Modi congratulates people of J&K

Reacting to the news, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Delighted that beautiful Srinagar joins the @Unesco Creative Cities Network (UCCN) with a special mention for its craft and folk art. It is a fitting recognition for the vibrant cultural ethos of Srinagar. Congratulations to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

UNCC list

The UCCN now has 295 cities on its roster that invest in culture and creativity to promote sustainable urban development, including crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts, and music. 

The Indian National Commission for Cooperation proposed Srinagar and Gwalior for inclusion on the UCCN list.

Mayor of Srinagar Junaid Azim Mattu took to Twitter to announce Srinagar’s inclusion in the list. “GREAT NEWS FOR SRINAGAR! #Srinagar has been inscribed as @Unesco ‘Creative City of Art and Craft’. The the only city from India to make it to the list!” Mattu said.

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