UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN)

UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN)

UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN)

  • UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004.
  • It aims to “promote cooperation among cities which recognize creativity as a strategic factor in their urban development.”
  • The UCCN is in sync with the global push for Sustainable Cities and Communities, as outlined in Sustainable Development Goal 11.
  • It encompasses a wide range of creative fields, including crafts and folk arts, media arts, film, design, gastronomy, literature, and music.

Indian Cities on UNESCO Creative Cities Network

  • Srinagar – Crafts and Folk Arts (2021)
  • Mumbai – Film (2019).
  • Hyderabad – Gastronomy (2019).
  • Chennai– Creative City of Music (2017).
  • Jaipur– Crafts and Folk Arts (2015).
  • Varanasi- Creative City of Music (2015).
  • Kozhikode- City of Literature (2024)
  • Gwalior- City of Music


  • It is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that seeks to build peace through international cooperation in education, science, and culture.
  • It was founded in 1945 and is located in Paris, France.

Major Initiatives of UNESCO

  • Man and Biosphere Programme
  • World Heritage Programme
  • Global Geopark Network
  • Network of Creative Cities
  • Atlas of World Languages in Danger


  • UNESCO Science Report
  • Global Education Monitoring Report
  • State of the Education Report for India

Related Links:

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in IndiaGarba: Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage
Biological Diversity Act 2002Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)