Srinagar among 49 global cities to join UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network 

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Srinagar, November 09, 2021 (PPI-OT):Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, has succeeded in finding its place among 49 cities worldwide to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), while the global body has turned down New Delhi’s request to include Gwalior in the list.

The 49 cities were added to the network of 246 cities following their designation by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, in recognition of “their commitment to placing culture and creativity at the heart of their development and to sharing knowledge and good practices”.

A release posted on the UNESCO site, the network now numbers 295 cities reaching 90 countries that invest in culture and creativity crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts, and music to advance sustainable urban development.

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.

Interestingly, the UNESCO turned down the request by Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU) for recommending Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India, to be included in the coveted list. However, it included and Kashmir’s summer capital, Srinagar, in the list. Meanwhile, Mayor of Srinagar Junaid Azim Mattu took to twitter to announce Srinagar’s inclusion in the list.

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