Creative Economy Programme

 Development through Creativity

Since 2004, UNCTAD has played a leading role in analyzing the creative industries and providing insight into the global creative economy through its Creative Economy Programme. UNCTAD’s work has elevated the ‘creative economy’ on the world economic and development agenda.

The programme’s core focus is on trade in the creative industries and the role of the creative economy in the growth of developing economies.

UNCTAD’s data driven insights on trade in creative goods and services make a unique contribution to understanding the creative economy at a time when many emerging economies and developing countries are seeking to diversify their economies.

What is the creative economy?

The creative economy has no single definition. It is an evolving concept which builds on the interplay between human creativity and ideas and intellectual property, knowledge and technology. Essentially it is the knowledge-based economic activities upon which the ‘creative industries’ are based.

The creative industries – which include advertising, architecture, arts and crafts, design, fashion, film, video, photography, music, performing arts, publishing, research & development, software, computer games, electronic publishing, and TV/radio – are the lifeblood of the creative economy. They are also considered an important source of commercial and cultural value.

The creative economy is the sum of all the parts of the creative industries, including trade, labour and production.

Today, the creative industries are among the most dynamic sectors in the world economy providing new opportunities for developing countries to leapfrog into emerging high-growth areas of the world economy.

UNCTAD analyses the trade in creative goods and services using the Harmonized System (HS) and BPM5 (Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual) respectively.

What does the UNCTAD Creative Economy Programme do?

Vision: ‘Developed creative economies, everywhere.’

Mission: ‘Promote development through creativity.’

UNCTAD Creative Economy Programme generates economic information through a trade lens, to understand past trends and project into the future and to promote data-led understanding of trade in creative goods and services, intellectual property, ideas and imagination.

Reliable and consistent data on the trade in creative goods and services is the key driver of UNCTAD’s Creative Economy Programme.

This information is translated into insight for countries wanting to expand and support their creative economies.

Flowing from UNCTAD’s creative economy data offering are a range of services to provide effective support for member states, including:

  • Advisory services
  • Policy orientated research
  • Improving market access
  • Building synergies
  • Intragovernmental debates
  • Promoting entrepreneurship
  • Capacity building
  • Sharing knowledge

UNCTAD Creative Economy Programme also:

  • Promotes the creative economy as a new source of growth;
  • Supports government initiatives for the development of integrated creative economy public policies and institution-building;
  • Liaises with governments, artists, creators, academia and civil society to strengthen the creative economy in developing countries;
  • Provides demand-driven policy advice and technical assistance to governments;
  • Builds synergies within the United Nations system: UNCTAD, and the United Nations Multi-Agency Informal Group on Creative Industries;
  • Organizes and/or participates in international conferences, national seminars or sectoral workshops;
  • Promotes networking through the UNCTAD Creative Economy Network and Academic Exchange;
  • Contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDGs 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16.

Creative Economy Network

The UNCTAD Creative Economy Network is a platform for those interested in developing the creative economies of all nations, everywhere.

Join our Creative Economy Network platform to keep up-to-date on industry developments.

 

 News

 
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31 October 2016Upgrading cultural and creative sectors - key for cross-border cooperation
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22 July 2016Kenyan fashion flies the flag at UNCTAD14, sees the Secretary-General dance
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15 June 2016Forum on Cultural Industries 2016 - One Belt One Road Initiative and Opportunities for Macao Cultural Industries
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10 June 2016Beijing International Forum on Creative Economy: A Dynamic Force for the Sustainable Development of Cities
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21 April 2016Dubai Exports hosts "Dubai-Shanghai Design Dialogue" to promote creative economy
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15 April 2016Workshop on Creative Economy, and launching of the advanced version of Istanbul Creative Economy Report 2015
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08 April 2016UNCTAD/ENCATC Expert Forum on Creative Economy
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30 July 2015Istanbul and UNCTAD advance the work for an Istanbul Creative Economy Study
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27 July 2015Ministry of Culture of Cabo Verde advances in the formulation of public policies for the development of their Creative Economy
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03 July 2015Geographical Indications: promoting the sustainable development of small and medium sized enterprises
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 Meetings and Events

 
Start DateTitleLocationCountry
12-13 Jun 2004High-Level Panel on Creative Industries and DevelopmentSão Paulo
17-20 Apr 2005Enhancing the Creative Economy: Shaping an International Centre on Creative IndustriesSalvador, Bahia, Brazil
14-16 Dec 2005UN Global South-South Creative Economy SymposiumShanghai
13-15 Jan 2008High-level panel on the creative economy and industries for development: UNCTAD XII pre-event
19-21 Jan 2010Redefining Sustainability in the International Agenda: Inspiring Greater Engagement in Biodiversity Issues
18-22 Oct 2010Global South-South Creative Economy Week, Shanghai World Expo 2010, UN PavilionShanghai
10-12 Nov 2010Symposium: Creative Cities and Industries in the 21st CenturyIstanbul
27-30 Nov 2010Thailand International Creative Economy Forum: GlobaLOCALisation – Local move, global successBangkok
14-15 Dec 2010Launch of the Creative Economy Report 2010
16-19 Apr 20132013 Creativity Week under the theme "Creativity: A Vessel for Mind Development and Peace Building"AbujaNigeria
14-15 Mar 2016Shanghai-Dubai Dialogue on Creative DesignDubaiUnited Arab Emirates
19 Jul 2016Creative Economy Dialogue 1: Dynamic Regulatory Support and Sustainable Financing for Creative IndustriesNairobiKenya
20 Jul 2016Creative Economy Dialogue 2: Catalizing the Growth of the Creative IndustriesNairobiKenya
26-27 Nov 2016UNCTAD attends New Economy: Cultural and Creative City, and Innovation-Driven Society ForumChengduChina
08-09 Mar 2017Creative Finance Symposium 2017NairobiKenya
14-15 Nov 2017Regional Conference: Creativity, Jobs and Local Economic Development in the Southern MediterraneanAlgiersAlgeria
07 Dec 2017El Impacto de las Industrias Creativas en la Economía RegionalTrelew, Provincia de ChubutArgentina
28-30 Mar 2018Global Gastroeconomy SummitIstanbulTurkey

 

 Publications

 
Creative Economy Report 2010 (UNCTAD/DITC/TAB/2010/3)
Creative Economy Report 2008 (Summary) (UNCTAD/DITC/2008/2/overview)

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