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India’s first city of literature has been announced by UNESCO
Kerala’s Kozhikode city was officially designated as a UNESCO City of Literature. This recognition makes Kozhikode the first city in India to receive this title.
UNESCO formally declared the honour to the Kozhikode Corporation as the city joined the ranks of 55 newly selected creative cities.
Kozhikode Corporation Mayor Beena Philip conveyed her enthusiasm for this achievement and stated that the “City of Literature” title is a remarkable acknowledgement of the city’s excellence in the fields of literature and media.
The city administration is organizing to initiate further projects to promote literature.
The Indian city Kozhikode has a history of hosting various literary gatherings, including the Kerala Literature Festival.
UNESCO Creative Cities Network:
On the World Cities day, UNESCO has announced the list of 55 cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).
These new cities were recognized for their strong commitment to harnessing culture and creativity as part of their development strategies and displaying innovative practices in human-centred urban planning.
After recent adding UNESCO creative cities network now has 350 cities in more than one hundred countries with representation in seven creative fields such as Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music.
India’s first creative city in the field of music:
Indian city Gwalior situated in Madhya Pradesh was placed in the Creative Cities Network in the field of music.
The newly designated cities will work on strengthening their resilience in the face of evolving threats such as climate change, rising inequality, as well as rapid urbanization.
These cities consist 68% of the world’s population projected to live in urban areas by 2050.
The newly designated Creative Cities were invited to participate in the 2024 UCCN Annual Conference in Portugal under the theme of bringing youth to the table for the next decade.
Question & Answer:
Q1. Which Indian city has been named as UNESCO literature city?
Ans. Kozhikode (Kerala)
Q2. Who is the current director general of UNESCO?
Ans. Audrey Azoulay
Q3. Where is headquarter of UNESCO located?
Ans. Paris, France (Founded on 16 November 1945)
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