UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in India

UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 with the objective to promote creative aspects of various cities around the world; and to nurture and sustain their cultural traditions.

UCCN Cities

The member cities that form part of the Network come from all continents and regions with different income levels and populations. They work together towards a common mission: placing creativity and the creative economy at the core of their urban development plans to make cities safe, resilient, inclusive and sustainable, in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. By November 2019, total 246 cities in the world have been included in UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

UCCN Categories

The 7 categories for recognition under UCCN are as follows-

  • Crafts and Folk Arts
  • Design
  • Film
  • Gastronomy
  • Music
  • Media Arts
  • Literature
Indian Cities

As of November, 2019, there are five 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)


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