Launch of the New Report on Global flow of cultural goods in the digital age

When, local time: 
Friday, 11 March 2016 - 12:00pm
Where: 
United States of America, New York
Type of Event: 
Category 6-Expert Committee
Contact: 
Jose Pessoa j.pessoa@unesco.org and Amy Otchet a.otchet@unesco.org

The trade of cultural goods doubled during the period 2004-2013 despite a global recession and a massive shift among consumers of movies and music towards web-based services, according to a new report from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).
The report, entitled The Globalisation of Cultural Trade: A Shift in Cultural Consumption--International flows of cultural goods and services 2004-2013, takes an in-depth look at the export and import of cultural goods and services around the world.

The trade of cultural goods doubled during the period 2004-2013 despite a global recession and a massive shift among consumers of movies and music towards web-based services, according to a new report from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).
The report, entitled The Globalisation of Cultural Trade: A Shift in Cultural Consumption--International flows of cultural goods and services 2004-2013, takes an in-depth look at the export and import of cultural goods and services around the world.
“Trade in cultural goods totaled $US212.8 billion in 2013, nearly double the amount in 2004,” said Silvia Montoya, Director of the UIS. “This is further evidence of the critical role cultural industries play in today’s global economy.”
The report shows which types of cultural products are gaining and losing ground as exports. In particular, the data highlight the impact of the digitisation of music, movies and newspapers, which are increasingly sold as web-based services rather than physical goods.