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Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on Creative Economy and Sustainable Development
28 October 2019
Room XXVI, Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues

 Creative economy can play a key role in supporting trade and productive capacities in developing countries, decent job creation, competitiveness, and innovation, and in encouraging the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises. In addition, the impact of digital technologies and the continued rise of creative industries are combining to drive the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is essential that developing countries are enabled to become part of this digital-creative industries revolution.

The expert meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss challenges at hand, current developments related to creative economy and implications for developing countries, and to formulate recommendations.

Against this backdrop, the UNCTAD secretariat will hold the First Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on Creative Economy on Monday, 28 October 2019 from 10 am to 6 pm at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

This event will bring together leading experts from government, business, academia and international organizations to discuss the development opportunities and challenges associated with the evolving creative economy.

The results expected from the event will be to:

  • Raise awareness of the importance of the creative economy for sustainable development
  • Advance the development agenda connected to creative economy, including recommendations for the development gains of developing countries
  • Create and strengthen networks and partnerships for the advancement of key related issues including those related to statistics related to creative economy, intellectual property, market access, entrepreneurship, digital economy and innovation.


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In view of the current situation concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it has been decided in the public interest to postpone all UNCTAD meetings scheduled in May 2020, including those listed below. New dates will be communicated in due time.
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  • Short course for Geneva-based delegates - Para 166 (8 May 2020)
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