The production and distribution of film and audiovisual works is one of the most dynamic growth sectors in the world. Thanks to digital technologies, production has been growing rapidly in Africa in recent years. The case of "Nollywood", with about 2,500 films made each year, is emblematic in this respect. It has enabled the emergence of a local industry of production and distribution with its own economic model.
Since 2008, the Republic of Korea has been strengthening cultural and creative sectors as engines for sustainable development in developing countries. The Korea Funds-in-Trust (KFIT) for the Development of Creative Industries supports the emergence of dynamic cultural and creative sectors by fostering an enabling environment for cultural entrepreneurship, creating networks and supporting policy design. Through its continued support, UNESCO and KFIT are shaping our common creative futures.
In anticipation of the third edition of Re|Shaping Cultural Policies, this special edition of the Global Report series that monitors the implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, focuses on one of the Convention’s overarching goals: the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms and, in particular, artistic freedom.
Let's celebrate the IFCD!2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD).The IFCD is the Fund established by the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and its goal is to invest in projects that lead to structural changes, demonstrating the value and opportunities that culture brings to sustainable development processes, in particular to economic growth and the promotion of a decent quality of life.
The Global Report series monitors the implementation of the 2005 Convention and provides new and valuable evidence to inform cultural policy making and advance creativity for development. The 2018 edition examines how the 2005 Convention has inspired policy change at the global and country level and puts forward a set of policy recommendations for the future, addressing the adaptation of cultural policies to rapid change in the digital environment, based on human rights and fundamental freedoms of expression.
This brief highlights the impact of COVID-19 on the media and culture sector, hit hard by unemployment and closed productions. It analyses how the sector’s diversity in terms of contract types and occupations creates challenges in accessing social protection, safety and health, and economic relief programmes. The brief also offers policy options, drawing from countries’ examples and initiatives from workers’ and employers’ organizations, to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic on the sector.
The UNESCO study Culture & Working Conditions for Artists uncovers persisting and emerging challenges artists and cultural professionals face and examines how countries around the world are addressing these issues through policymaking.
This publication provides the basic texts of the 2005 Convention, including the Operational Guidelines, the Rules of Procedure of the Conference of Parties, the Rules of Procedure of the Intergovernmental Committee and the Financial Regulations of the Special Account for the International Fund for Cultural Diversity.
The 2005 Convention Monitoring Framework is a dynamic tool that informs policy making on creativity for development. It determines a set of expected results, indicators and means of verification to assess progress and challenges over time. In guiding the collection of data and information, it also provides evidence for the implementation of relevant United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Artistic freedom is the freedom to imagine, create and distribute diverse cultural expressions free of governmental censorship, political interference or the pressures of non-state actors. It includes the right of all citizens to have access to these works and is essential for the wellbeing of societies.