On Thursday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), in a press statement designated Mumbai and Hyderabad as creative cities, are among the 66 urban settlements. 

Mumbai has been selected for its contribution to the world of film and Hyderabad for gastronomy. The designation came on October 31 marling World Cities Day. After the announcement, the two cities have become part of the 246-member Organisation’s Network of Creative Cities. 

As per UNESCO, the Network brings together cities that base their development on creativity, whether in music, arts, cinema, design, literature, digital arts or gastronomy. The UN body creative cities commit to placing culture at the center of their development strategies and to share their best practices. 

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said, “All over the world, these cities, each in its way, make culture the pillar, not an accessory, of their strategy.” 

 “This favours political and social innovation and is particularly important for the young generations,” it added. 

UNESCO and officials from 24 cities all over the world will be celebrating World Cities Day on October 31, assembling the Organization’s different urban networks which focus not only on culture but also on access, inclusion, global citizenship education, defense of rights, employment, and economics and employment.

“In the framework of a partnership between UNESCO and Netexplo Observatory, the celebration will also recognize 10 cities which use state-of-the-art technological innovation at the service of citizens to transform cities around the world sustainably. Relying on a global network of 20 universities, ten cities will be honoured for their innovative use of digital technology in their socio-economic and environmental development,” it said on Wednesday.

Arequipa (Peru), Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Afyonkarahisar (Turkey), Merida (Mexico), Bendigo (Australia), Overstrand Hermanus (South Africa), Portoviejo (Ecuador), Yangzhou (China) are the cities selected for Gastronomy under UNESCO. 

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