High-level panel on the creative economy and industries for development: UNCTAD XII pre-event
13 - 15 January 2008
Palais des Nations

Key Issues

"the international community should support national efforts of developing countries to increase their participation in and benefit from dynamic sectors and to foster, protect and promote their creative industries"

(para. 91, São Paulo Consensus)

The objective of the high-level panel is to provide a platform for progress in the intergovernmental debate in this new area.

The creative economy is an evolving concept based on creative assets and covers economic, cultural, technological and social issues. At its heart are the creative industries dealing with the interplay between various subsectors, ranging from traditional arts and crafts to more technology- and services-oriented sectors such as audiovisual materials and new media. The session will explore the creative economy´s conceptual, institutional and policy framework, as well as global trends and features of the international market for creative industries.

The panel will review countries´ experiences in mapping the creative industries and their socio-economic impact on the overall economy, identifying existing gaps in data collection and new assessment tools for informed policymaking. Experts will examine the dynamics of creative products and services in world trade, including in regional trade flows. Connectivity and new ways of marketing digitized creative content will also be addressed. Finally, the relevance of multilateral negotiations and global processes in shaping the emerging creative economy and their implications for national and international policies will be discussed.

The high-level panel is expected to propose innovative development options that could help developing countries to put in place cross-cutting policies that will enhance their creative capacities and the competitiveness of their creative goods and services with a view to making development gains.

The panel´s recommendations will be transmitted to the Preparatory Committee so as to facilitate the deliberations by member States on this topic at UNCTAD XII.

For further information please contact:

Edna dos Santos-Duisenberg
Chief, Creative Economy & Industries Programme
Palais des Nations
CH 1211 - Geneva, Switzerland

T.: 4122- 917-5735/5829
F.: 4122-9170044
E.: creative.industries@unctad.org


The Secretary-General´s high-level panel on the creative economy and industries for development will meet at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, on Monday, 14 January 2008, starting at 10 a.m.


At UNCTAD XI, creative industries were introduced into the international economic and development agenda as one of the most dynamic sectors in the global trading system. The Conference concluded that "the international community should support national efforts of developing countries to increase their participation in and benefit from dynamic sectors and to foster, protect and promote their creative industries" (São Paulo Consensus, para. 91).

In implementing its mandate, UNCTAD has been proactive in promoting international action in the area of the creative industries, and hence in the creative economy, emphasizing their development dimension.


This policy-oriented debate will bring together policymakers from capitals, experts, practitioners and academics, as well as representatives of UNCTAD member States based in Geneva and representatives of international organizations. Given the multidisciplinary nature of the topic, the meeting is expected to attract participation from those involved in all aspects of the creative economy, particularly from the areas of culture, international trade, development, technology and investment.

Contributed papers

Experts are encouraged to prepare and submit brief papers on their studies and their country´s experience. These papers will be made available to the meeting in the form and language in which they are received.


The meeting will take place at the United Nations Office at Geneva, Palais des Nations. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in the six official languages of the United Nations.

Upon arrival, participants are requested, before entering the Palais des Nations, to collect their badges at the United Nations Security Service, Pregny Gate entrance, 14 Avenue de la Paix. The Security Service is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Because of the security measures in force, participants are strongly advised to arrive before 9 a.m. in order to complete entry procedures in good time and proceed to the meeting in the E-Building (Bâtiment E) of the Palais. Participants are requested to carry a passport or similar national identity card with them. Taxis are not allowed to enter the grounds of the Palais des Nations, and visitors will therefore be dropped off at the entrance. Furthermore, luggage may not be brought into the buildings unless the Security Service gives special clearance.

Further information and contact details

Nominations and communications concerning representation at the meeting should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Affairs and Outreach Service, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10: fax: +41 (0)22 917 0214; e-mail: correspondence@unctad.org.

All other inquiries should be addressed to the Chief of the Creative Economy and Industries Programme, Ms. Edna dos Santos-Duisenberg: tel.: +41 (0)22 917 5779; e-mail: edna.dos.santos@unctad.org; or to Ms. Clisse Medeiros Ramos: tel.: +41 (0)22 917 7535; e mail: clisse.ramos@unctad.org


Supachai Panitchpakdi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD

7 December 2007


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