Cultural and Creative Industries for Development

Cultural and Creative Industries for Development


On the occasion of the 11th ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2005 Convention (12-15 December 2017), UNESCO is organizing a panel debate on the new role and place of cultural and creative industries in international development strategies. This debate takes place in advance of the launch event of UNESCO’s 2018 Global Report “Re-Shaping Cultural policies”, on 14th December at UNESCO HQ. The Global Report assesses the impact of the most recent policies and measures taken around the world to implement the UNESCO 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, ratified by 145 States and the European Union.

Specifically, it tracks progress on the following four main goals related to the Convention: support sustainable systems of governance for culture; achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase mobility of artists and cultural professionals; integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks; promote human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Among its key findings is the fact that although many developing countries still lack the environments or regulatory frameworks needed to support the emergence of dynamic cultural and creative sectors, the proportion of development aid spent on culture and recreation today is at its lowest in 10 years. Why this paradox?

This debate is also taking place against a new background: as various national sustainable development programmes around the world are being designed and implemented to include culture and creativity as a major area of intervention, many ministries and development partners, such as those represented in this panel, are also designing specific strategies or establishing dedicated units to better address the role of cultural and creative industries in sustainable development, beyond their usual scope of intervention (eg water, health, education, infrastructures, etc). 

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50CM x 40CM

19 11/16 in X 15 3/4 in

60CM x 60CM

23 5/8 in X 23 5/8 in

70CM X 50CM

27 9/16 in X 19 11/16 in

80CM X 60CM

31 1/2 in X 23 5/8 in

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39 3/8 in X 31 1/2 in

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55 1/8 in X 43 5/16 in