Cultural and Creative Industries: A New Agenda for the Development Community?

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On Tuesday 12th December 2017, from 3 to 5 PM at UNESCO Headquarters (room II), UNESCO is organizing a panel debate on the new role and place of cultural and creative industries in international development strategies.

This debate takes place in advance of the launch event of UNESCO’s 2018 Global Report “Re-Shaping Cultural policies, scheduled on 14th December at UNESCO HQ, and is organized the occasion of the 11th ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2005 Convention (12-15 December 2017),

Among its key findings is the fact that although many developing countries still lack the environments or regulatory frameworks needed to support the emergence of dynamic cultural and creative sectors, the proportion of development aid spent on culture and recreation today is at its lowest in 10 years. Why this paradox?

This debate is also taking place against a new background: as various national sustainable development programmes around the world are being designed and implemented to include culture and creativity as a major area of intervention, many ministries and development partners, such as those represented in this panel, are also designing specific strategies or establishing dedicated units to better address the role of cultural and creative industries in sustainable development, beyond their usual scope of intervention (eg water, health, education, infrastructures, etc). Why this new trend?

The panel debate, moderated by George Papagiannis, UNESCO Chief Media Services, will bring together: 

  • Rima Le Coguic, Chief Energy and Digital Transitions & Cultural and Creative Industries (French Development Agency)
  • Emanuela Gregorio, Economist,  Gender and Innovation (African Development Bank)
  • Friederike Kärcher, Head, Culture, Creative Industries, Media and Sport Division (German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ)
  • Helga Flores Trejo, Principal Specialist, Team Leader for Cultural and Creative Industries (Interamerican Development Bank)

To attend the event, please register here.