In 2019 at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, 2021 was declared the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development. Indonesia was the main sponsor of the proposal, which was presented by a global grouping of countries, including Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Philippines and Thailand.
The proposal recognised the need to promote sustained and inclusive economic growth, foster innovation and provide opportunities, benefits and empowerment for all and respect for all human rights.
It also identified the ongoing need to support developing countries and countries with economies in transition in diversifying production and exports, including in new sustainable growth areas, including creative industries.
It encourages all to observe the year in accordance with national priorities to raise awareness, promote cooperation and networking, encourage sharing best practices and experiences, enhance human resource capacity, promote an enabling environment at all levels as well as tackle the challenges of the creative economy.
Events held by UNCTAD and Partners during the 2021 International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development
[Last updated 09/12/2021]
Beginning of January
Fundación Compromiso, Nesta, and Upstart Co-Lab in partnership with UNCTAD
UNCTAD in partnership with the Permanent Missions of the Republic of Indonesia and of the Sultanate of Oman.
UNESCO with the participation of UNCTAD and other agencies
American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines in collaboration with UNCTAD
8-10 March 2021
United Arab Emirates (UAE) in partnership with UNCTAD, the Economist, Google, the UK Royal Academy of Arts, the Guggenheim Museum, UNESCO, the British Council, and Louvre Abu Dhabi
UNCTAD and the Centre for Sustainable Design, University of Creative Arts, Surrey (UK)
Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD), UNCTAD,
International Center of Creativity and Sustainable Development
Contribution to the celebration of the United Nations World Bee Day.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia in cooperation with UNCTAD
PGA High-level Event on Culture and Sustainable Development - Building back better: towards a more resilient and impactful culture sector, throughout COVID-19 and the Decade of Action
UN President of the General Assembly Office in cooperation with UNESCO and UNCTAD
City of Bergen, Norway in collaboration with UNCTAD
Insta live with Young People: Celebrating the year of Creative Economy and What it means to young people
Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the UN, WTO and other international organizations and UNCTAD
OSAA, African Union, UNESCO, UNCTAD
Délégation Générale Wallonie-Bruxelles à Genève in partnership with UNCTAD and UNESCO
SPIEF, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
YMCA, UN, The Aspen Institute, Global Shapers Community; University of San Francisco
Saudi Arabia’s Fashion Commission in collaboration with UNCTAD
Republic of Indonesia and UN
Creative Economy and IP: Supporting Creative Businesses and MSMEs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Ministry of Economy of the UAE, WIPO and UNCTAD
July - August
Training Workshops, Webinar on Creative Industries and small and medium enterprises.
Asociación Latinoamericana de Integración (ALADI) / Latin American Integration Association in collaboration with UNCTAD and other International Organizations
United Nations Environment Group, United Nations Alliance for Sustainable Fashion.
Ministry of Culture, Colombia in collaboration with the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)
Ministry of Culture, SEGIB, UNCTAD
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Metropolitan Municipality of Izmir, Turkey
12 -15 September
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia in collaboration with UNCTAD
Beijing Municipal Government, World Trade Point Federation and UNCTAD
23 September 2021
UNCTAD 15 International Dialogue on Digital Transformation and Creative Industries: Create, Innovate, Recover: digitalizing creative industries for a sustainable recovery in Africa
UNIDO, Sound Diplomacy and UNCTAD
UNCTAD and Barbados as host Country of U15
MIPAD and UNCTAD
MIPAD and UNCTAD
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia and UNCTAD
UNESCO and UN agencies including UNCTAD
UNESCO Mexico in collaboration with UNCTAD
27 November-2 December
UNESCO in collaboration with UN Agencies
Dubai / Online
United Arab Emirates in cooperation with Indonesia, UNCTAD and the Friends of Creative Economy.
Roskulttsentr with the support of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation
Events held by Civil Society during the the 2021 International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development
On 21 May, the Office of the President of the General Assembly (PGA) in collaboration with UNESCO and UNCTAD will host a High-Level Event on Culture and Sustainable Development. The event marks World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
This year in particular, as creative industries cope with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the voices and experiences of those impacted, are more important than ever.
That is why, we are calling YOU, cultural practitioners, and artists from all around the world to get involved! We want to hear YOUR voice.
We’re seeking partners and platforms that will support the delivery of the messages, globally and at the UN High-Level event.
We’re requesting that YOU record a short video (15-30 seconds) using the hashtag #Voices4Culture and give a single reason for why YOU matter to the cultural sector?
When: Send us or post your video by 17 May 2021 and follow the LIVE event on 21 May 2021 via http://webtv.un.org/
Find out more below:
This high-level event is yours! If:
YOU are an artist or member of the creative community
YOU have a network of creatives and artists
YOU have a platform for arts and culture that can reach out to millions
YOU want to just raise awareness on how COVID-19 has impacted the culture sector
YOU want to show solidarity with artists and cultural practitioners
Then YOU should join our “Voices 4 Culture” campaign and have your voice heard.
We need to humanise the cultural sector and build a groundswell of support for the people who will play a key role in communicating, articulating and facilitating the road to recovery from COVID-19.
Why get involved: This is an opportunity to showcase the faces and voices of the global cultural sector, support diversity, and underscore the value of arts and culture - and the people that produce in these sectors - as a key part of the human experience.
Submit your short videos (15-30 sec) to firstname.lastname@example.org and simply share your video on Twitter or social media, using the hashtags #Voices4Culture and #Culture4Development, telling us why YOU matter?
Hi, my name is __________
I am a / I work in ____________
I matter to the cultural sector because ___________ OR
My work matters because _________ contributes to the creative economy/helps artists/in my country, etc, etc.
I stand with the global creative community.
- 15-30 second Horizontal shot (16:9)
- Make sure there is no background noise. Good sound is key!
- Use the hashtag: #Culture4Development and #Voices4Culture when posting online.
- Send us or post your video by 17 May and follow the LIVE event on 21 May via http://webtv.un.org/