The United Nations Creative Economy Report 2013 is a Special Edition that builds on previous reports (2008, 2010) examining the interactions, specificities and policies at local levels and how the creative economy is practically promoted in communities, cities and regions across the developing world. This special edition of the Creative Economy Report 2013 argues that creativity and culture are processes or attributes that are intimately bound up in the imagining and generation of new ideas, products or ways of interpreting the world that have monetary and non-monetary benefits that can be recognized as instrumental to human development. The Report contains a portfolio analysis of projects implemented in the framework of UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) and the UNDP-Spain Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F) Thematic Window on Culture and Development. The Report explores the critical factors to take into account when making decisions and designing policy strategies and programmes to forge new pathways for local creative economy development. All these matters are explored in the Introduction and 7 analytical chapters of the Report. The eighth and concluding chapter summarizes the lessons learned, and makes ten recommendations to forging new pathways for development.