Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Cultural expressions are based on the cultural and creative industries which are one of the fastest growing industries in the world and have proven to be a viable development option, drawing on a unique and renewable resource, human creativity. The potential of these industries is at the heart of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. 

This legally binding international treaty ensures that artists, cultural professionals and practitioners, as well as citizens can create, produce, disseminate, and enjoy a broad range of cultural goods, services, and activities, including their own. It supports mechanisms that foster creativity and the emergence of dynamic cultural and creative industries as a tool for inclusive economic and social development, including those that foster local production, the development of local markets and access to platforms for their distribution/exchange worldwide.

The creativity is understood as the human capacity, through imagination or innovation, to produce new and innovative solutions and ideas.