Creative Economy Programme

  

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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.

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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.


What do we do?

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.


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

 
Blog
18 April 2019Notre-Dame a reminder of dual value of cultural spaces
Creative Economy
05 April 2019Indonesia adopts blockchain to grow music industry IP
Electronics
11 March 2019Trade in electronic components drives growth in technology goods
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08 March 2019Sustainable African design in focus on Women's Day
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14 January 2019Global creative economy shows resilience, growth - report
United Nations
01 November 2018Creative industries take centre stage at Bali conference
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31 August 2018UNCTAD, Indonesia collaborate on first global creative economy conference
CIFTIS
17 August 2018Creative economy has new impetus in digital world
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30 March 2018Gastronomy linked to potential growth pathways
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31 October 2016Upgrading cultural and creative sectors - key for cross-border cooperation
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 Meetings and Events

 
Start DateTitleLocationCountry
04 Apr 2019The Digitalization of the Creative Economies: The Case of the Music IndustryGenevaSwitzerland
07 Feb 2019UNCTAD participates in round table organized by AfrodysséeGenevaSwitzerland
05-07 Nov 2018Participation at the China Import Expo (Shanghai), China and Exhibition Industry ForumShanghaiChina
01 Oct 2018Creative Economy at the UN General AssemblyNew YorkUnited States of America
28-30 Mar 2018Global Gastroeconomy SummitIstanbulTurkey
07 Dec 2017El Impacto de las Industrias Creativas en la Economía RegionalTrelew, Provincia de ChubutArgentina
14-15 Nov 2017Regional Conference: Creativity, Jobs and Local Economic Development in the Southern MediterraneanAlgiersAlgeria
08-09 Mar 2017Creative Finance Symposium 2017NairobiKenya
26-27 Nov 2016UNCTAD attends New Economy: Cultural and Creative City, and Innovation-Driven Society ForumChengduChina
20 Jul 2016Creative Economy Dialogue 2: Catalizing the Growth of the Creative IndustriesNairobiKenya
19 Jul 2016Creative Economy Dialogue 1: Dynamic Regulatory Support and Sustainable Financing for Creative IndustriesNairobiKenya
14-15 Mar 2016Shanghai-Dubai Dialogue on Creative DesignDubaiUnited Arab Emirates
16-19 Apr 20132013 Creativity Week under the theme "Creativity: A Vessel for Mind Development and Peace Building"AbujaNigeria
14-15 Dec 2010Launch of the Creative Economy Report 2010
27-30 Nov 2010Thailand International Creative Economy Forum: GlobaLOCALisation – Local move, global successBangkok
10-12 Nov 2010Symposium: Creative Cities and Industries in the 21st CenturyIstanbul
18-22 Oct 2010Global South-South Creative Economy Week, Shanghai World Expo 2010, UN PavilionShanghai
19-21 Jan 2010Redefining Sustainability in the International Agenda: Inspiring Greater Engagement in Biodiversity Issues
13-15 Jan 2008High-level panel on the creative economy and industries for development: UNCTAD XII pre-event
14-16 Dec 2005UN Global South-South Creative Economy SymposiumShanghai
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 Publications

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

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