These guidelines provide a strategic framework for understanding, interpreting and implementing the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in a digital environment where cultural goods and services are created, produced, distributed, disseminated, consumed and/or stored electronically. These goods and services transmit cultural expressions through, for example, a computer program, a network, a text, a video, an image or an audio recording and are distributed through constantly evolving digitally-encoded platforms.
The 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is an international treaty that provides a policy framework for the governance of culture. This Convention recognizes the distinctive nature of culture as an important contributor to economic and social development and ensures that artists, creative professionals, practitioners and citizens worldwide can create, produce, disseminate and enjoy a broad range of creative goods, services and activities, including their own.
Since the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions was adopted in October 2005, tremendous technological transformations have taken place. The digital era has significantly changed the cultural landscape and has had a major impact on creative sectors worldwide.
The 2005 Convention Global report publishes a synthesis of the latest information on the impact of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions at country-level - including how they contribute to the Convention’s four goals – and the cutting-edge debates at the international level. The first edition of the biennial report was published in 2015.
The Creative Economy Report is a cross-agency United Nations contribution to debate on the global creative economy. Published on a periodical basis, the latest edition was co-published in 2013 by UNESCO and the United Nations Development Programme.