The International Fund for Cultural Diversity, IFCD, supports the implementation of the UNESCO 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the emergence of dynamic cultural sectors in developing countries by strengthening the means to create, produce, distribute and access cultural goods and services.
Today, the cultural and creative industries generate annual global revenues of US$2,250 billion and exports of over US$250 billion. These sectors, which currently provide nearly 30 million jobs worldwide and employ more people aged 15−29 than any other sector, can even make up to 10% of GDP in some countries. The creative economy, constituted by these sectors, has thus become a major driver of trade strategies in developed and developing countries alike.
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.
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.