Creative Economy Programme and Network

UNCTAD's Creative Economy Programme generates economic information through a trade lens, to understand trends and promote data-led understanding of trade in creative goods and services, intellectual property, ideas and imagination.

What we do?

  • Promote the creative economy as a new source of growth.

  • Support government initiatives for the development of integrated creative economy public policies and institution-building.
  • Liaise with governments, artists, creators, academia and civil society to strengthen the creative economy in developing countries.
  • Provide demand-driven policy advice and technical assistance to governments.
  • Build synergies within the United Nations system: UNCTAD, UNESCO and the United Nations Multi-Agency Informal Group on Creative Industries.
  • Organize and/or participate in international conferences, national seminars or sectoral workshops.
  • Facilitate networking through the UNCTAD Creative Economy Network and Academic Exchange.
  • Contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDGs 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16.

Our goal is to: 

  • Generate and analyse data on the trade in creative goods and services.
  • Develop a better understanding of creative trade at global, country and city levels.
  • Build a network of people, governments and organizations working to promote development through creativity.
  • Create platforms for the promotion of the creative economy as a tool for economic diversification and sustainable, equitable and inclusive livelihoods.


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Creative Economy Network

Creative Economy Network

One of our big initiatives is the UNCTAD Creative Economy Network, a platform for those interested in developing the creative economies of all nations, everywhere.

UNCTAD’s Creative Economy Network links academia, artists, creative professionals and civil society to build a network to promote international cooperation, strategic alliances, research exchanges and advocacy. 

To date and through the Creative Economy Network, UNCTAD has proactively facilitated the sharing of knowledge and best practices. It has forged strategic alliances and networks among governments, creators, the business community and the civil society.

Sign up to be part of our Creative Economy Network platform to keep up-to-date on industry developments.

Or join our Facebook Group and a community committed to debate and sharing insight, information, data and opportunities related to the creative economy.