Creative Economy Report 2013

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Creative Economy Report

2013 Special Edition

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The United Nations Creative Economy Report 2013 is a Special Edition that builds on previous reports (2008, 2010) examining the interactions, specificities and policies at local levels and how the creative economy is practically promoted in communities, cities and regions across the developing world. This special edition of the Creative Economy Report 2013 argues that creativity and culture are processes or attributes that are intimately bound up in the imagining and generation of new ideas, products or ways of interpreting the world that have monetary and non-monetary benefits that can be recognized as instrumental to human development. The Report contains a portfolio analysis of projects implemented in the framework of UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) and the UNDP-Spain Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F) Thematic Window on Culture and Development. The Report explores the critical factors to take into account when making decisions and designing policy strategies and programmes to forge new pathways for local creative economy development. All these matters are explored in the Introduction and 7 analytical chapters of the Report. The eighth and concluding chapter summarizes the lessons learned, and makes ten recommendations to forging new pathways for development.

UNITED NATIONS
CREATIVE ECONOMY REPORT
2013 SPECIAL EDITION:

 

 

WIDENING LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PATHWAYS

 

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UN

System
Supports
Creativity
and
Innovation

 

“It is crucial to promote equitable change that ensures people’s ability to choose their value systems in peace, thereby allowing for full participation and empowerment.”

Ban Ki-Moon

Secretary-General of the United Nations

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CREATIVE
ECONOMIES
IN ACTION

 

WHAT IS THE CREATIVE ECONOMY?

The creative economy is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy. It is highly transformative in terms of income generation, job creation and export earnings. But that is not all. The creative economy also generates non-monetary value that contributes significantly to achieving people-centered, inclusive and sustainable development.

THE CULTURAL AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES CONSTITUTE THE CORE OF THE CREATIVE ECONOMY

The creative economy is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy. It is highly transformative in terms of income generation, job creation and export earnings. But that is not all. The creative economy also generates non-monetary value that contributes significantly to achieving people-centered, inclusive and sustainable development.

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REVEALING 
OPPORTUNITIES

INVESTING IN HUMAN CREATIVE CAPACITIES

STRENGTHENING PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION INFRASTRUCTURES

MARKET MODELS & PARTICIPATION

GOVERNANCE STRUCTURES & ENABLING POLICY ENVIRONMENT

Accordion

10 KEYS
TO FORGING NEW PATHWAYS
FOR DEVELOPMENT

1.
Recognition of the economic and social benefits generated by the production, distribution and consumption of cultural goods and services is the starting point

2.
Make culture a driver and enabler of economic, social and environmental development processes

3.
Reveal opportunities through mapping local assets of the creative economy

4.
Strengthen the evidence base through rigorous data collection as a fundamental upstream investment to any coherent creative economy development policy.

5.
Investigate the connections between the informal and formal sectors as crucial for informed creative economy policy development

6.
Analyse the critical success factors that contribute to forging new pathways for local creative economy development

7.
Invest in sustainable creative enterprise development across the value chain

8.
Invest in local capacity-building to empower creators and cultural entrepreneurs, government officials and private sector companies

9.
Engage in South-South cooperation to facilitate productive mutual learning and inform international policy agendas for development

10.
Mainstream culture into local economic and social development programmes, even when faced with competing priorities

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Ban Ki-Moon

Secretary-General of the United Nations

To mobilize people 
we need to understand
and embrace their culture

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How the United Nations
Supports Creativity

The International Fund for Cultural Diversity

The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) is a multi-donor fund established under Article 18 of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Its purpose is to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing and least developed countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention.
Since the IFCD became operational in 2010, it has provided more than US$ 3.5 million in funding for 61 projects in 40 developing countries, covering a wide range of areas from the development and implementation of cultural policies, to capacity-building of cultural entrepreneurs, mapping of cultural industries and the creation of new cultural-industry business models. For more information, please visit the IFCD site at: http://www.unesco.org/ifcd

Global 
Committment to Culture in the post-2015 Development Agenda
UNDP-Spain Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F)
The Hangzhou Declaration “Placing culture at the heart of sustainable development policies”

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"There is an urgent need to find new development pathwaysthat encourages creativity and innovation in the pursuit of inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth and development."

UNITED NATIONS
Creative Economy Report 2013
Special Edition

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United Nations
Creative Economy Report 2013
Special Edition

This report is the fruit of a collaborative effort led by UNESCO and UNDP. It presents United Nations system-wide contributions on this topic, as an example of multi-agency cooperation working as “One UN”. It also presents contributions by eminent personalities, academics, experts and leaders.

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