India re-elected as member of UNESCO’s executive board: official

India was re-elected as a member of the executive board of the UN educational, scientific and cultural organization (UNESCO), an official said.
The election was held at the 39th session of the general conference of UNESCO in Paris, he said. “The news is quite significant and indicates the position of India globally. The executive board is the top decision- making body, so it is an important achievement,” the official of the UNESCO India office said.

The general conference consists of the representatives of the states members of the organisation. It meets every two years and is attended by member states and associate members, together with observers for non-member states, intergovernmental organisations and non- governmental organisations (NGOs), according to the UNESCO.

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Chennai gets Unesco recognition for music

Chennai often called the cultural capital of South India, joined the elite club of world cities on Tuesday when it was included in Creative Cities Network of Unesco for its contributions to music.

The city joins two other cities in India – Jaipur and Varanasi – to have figured in the prestigious list for their contributions to music and folk arts. The dossier to nominate Chennai for the CCN was submitted a few months back to the Unesco by the Union Culture Ministry.

Once a city is included on the list, it holds cultural events for four years to highlight its USP and this is monitored by the Unesco. CCN currently has 116 member cities from 54 countries, covering various fields.

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