UNESCO Current Affairs - 2019
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Chennai, capital city of Tamil Nadu was recently included in United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO’s) Creative Cities Network for Contribution in Music.
It was among 64 cities from 44 countries that were designated as UNESCO Creative Cities. With inclusion of these cities, total count of UNESCO Creative Cities Network has now gone up to 180 cities in 72 countries.
Chennai is the third Indian city on the list of UNESCO Creative Cities list after Varanasi (added as City of Music) and Jaipur (City of Crafts and Folk Art) were added last year.
UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network
UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network was launched in 2004. It aims to foster international cooperation with and between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and cultural vibrancy. It includes cities within its seven creative fields (Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music). It strengthen cooperation with and among cities that have recognised creativity as strategic factor of sustainable development in regards with the economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects.
The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (WDAH) is observed every year on October 27 to raise of awareness of significance of and preservation risks recorded sound and audiovisual documents (films, sound and video recordings, television and radio programmes).
The 2017 theme of the day selected by UNESCO is “Discover, remember and share”. Observance of day seeks to raise general awareness to preserve and safeguard important audiovisual material for future generations and calls to take urgent measures to conserve this heritage and ensure it remains accessible to public and to future generations.
A proposal to commemorate World Day for Audiovisual Heritage was approved at UNESCO general conference in 2005. It was observed for the first time in October 27, 2007. The main objectives of designating 27 October as World Day for Audiovisual Heritage are raising public awareness of the need for preservation, providing opportunities to celebrate specific local, national or international aspects of the heritage, highlighting accessibility of archives, attracting media attention to heritage issues, raising the cultural status of audiovisual heritage ad highlighting audiovisual heritage in danger especially in developing countries.