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UNCTAD attends New Economy: Cultural and Creative City, and Innovation-Driven Society Forum
26 - 27 November 2016
Chengdu, China

Key Issues

ditc-ted-nov-2016-creative-china-1-550.jpg​UNCTAD attended the "New Economy: Cultural and Creative City, and Innovation-Driven Society" Forum, held in Chengdu, China on 26-27 November, 2016 to promote cultural innovation, smart cities, and sustainable development.

As part of the The 14th Forum on International Cultural Industries 2017 (FICI 2017) the forum was organized by the People’s government of Chengdu City, Sichuan Province in collaboration with the Institute for Cultural Industries from Peking University. Chengdu has rich cultural resources (Sichuan province has over 4,000 years of history), and it is one of the most important economic, financial, commercial, cultural, transportation, and communication centers in Western China.

The FICI 2017 opening session "New Economy: Cultural and Creative City and Innovation Driven-Society" was followed by discussions centered on the emerging strategies, the paradigm for cultural innovation at the international level, its economic and development impact, and on how to stimulate cultural power and entrepreneurship under the new economic strategy of China, based on global success stories. 

Cross-provincial city clusters, such as the Chengdu-Chongqing City Cluster Development Plan launched in 2016, are one way to achieve sustainable development. The plan is expected to be a vital platform for the development of China’s western region, with the ambition of building itself into an international metropolis, world-famous cultural city, and a Chinese core city.

Forum I "Cultural Industry amid Mutual Entertainment Economy" addressed the impact of the Internet in all aspects of cultural and creative industries – both in the production and distribution process – and looked at how to push the upgrade experience for cultural consumption through Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and other technologies.

Forum II "Industrial design and creative thinking" discussed the State Council Plan "Made in China 2025" a strategic disposition to upgrade both the effectiveness of manufacturing industries and the creative industries products and services. The forum looked at how to achieve the transformation from Made to Smart Design by highly improved industrial design capacities. 

UNCTAD referred to social design as a key enabler for sustainable development, linked to urban design, architectural design, design of products, and their contribution to sustainable development and thus enhance people's lives.

Forum III "Intellectual Properties investment and Creative Start-up" discussed measures to develop IP-driven creative industries, and provide advice to Chengdu to protect these rights.

UNCTAD also visited the 2016 Chengdu Creativity and Design Week, with the theme "Inspiration Chengdu-Wonderful Life" which included various activities such as competitions for "Golden Panda" design prize of Cultural and Creativity Industries, exhibitions, trade promotions, forums and conferences.

As a follow-up of the event UNCTAD, in collaboration with the Institute of Cultural Industries of Peking University, will prepare a paper on the development of the cultural and creative cities approach in Chengdu and Beijing. It will be issued in 2017.

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