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.
Programme of activities to implement the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development 2021
[Last updated 01/06/2021]
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 launch of the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development during the 14th Intergovernmental Committee of the 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
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
To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as 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
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
Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation/
SPIEF, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
YMCA, UN, The Aspen Institute, Global Shapers Community; University of San Francisco
Government of Rwanda and the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC).
Creative Economy for Sustainable Development: Let’s Connect! - on the occasion of United Nations HLPF on SDGs
Republic of Indonesia and UN
Sustainable Recovery through Sustainable Fashion
United Nations Environment Group, United Nations Alliance for Sustainable Fashion.
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Metropolitan Municipality of Izmir, Turkey
12 -15 September
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia
2 to 8 October 2021
UNCTAD 15 Creative Economy and Digitalization Forum
UNCTAD and Barbados as host Country of U15
2 December 2021
2nd World Conference on Creative Economy
Dubai / Online
United Arab Emirates in cooperation with Indonesia, UNCTAD and the Friends of Creative Economy.
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Are you hosting an event, discussion, debate, conference or any other celebratory happening to mark the UN's 2021 International Year of the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development?
Let us know about it and we will add it to our database of events happening throughout the year. Your event will also be logged in our report to the United Nations General Assembly.
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 [email protected] 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/
Watch this space for our event Trello board, coming soon.