On 4 June, speaking at a press event, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, launched the Chinese version of the Creative Economy Report 2013.
The event took place at the Dadu Museum of Art in Beijing, in the presence the Chair of the UNESCO Executive Board, HE Ambassador Mohamed Amr and a number of Permanent Delegates to UNESCO, as well as the Director of the Dadu Museum of Art, Jin Shangyi.
Ms Yan Aoshuang, Director of the Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission, underlined the importance that China attaches to supporting culture as a force for creativity and sustainable development.
In this context, she informed the press also about the First International Learning Cities Summit and the First UNESCO Creative Cities Summit, both held in Beijing in October 2013.
The Secretary-General of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Mr Gao Xiang, emphasised the importance of disseminating the results of UNESCO's work to promote culture for development -- with the aim of shaping an effective new global development agenda after 2015.
Irina Bokova thanked the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, as well as the Wanda Dalian Group, for its support in translating and publishing the Creative Economy Report, which UNESCO developed with the United Nations Development Programme.
“Across the world, the creative economy is an economic engine, providing jobs and income. It is also a social engine, nurturing identity, dignity and inclusion,” said the Director-General.
“This dual nature is the greatest strength of the creative economy -- it is also the key to sustainability in all development.”
Irina Bokova thanked the Government of China for its leadership in this advocacy -- reflected in 2013 in the Chengdu International Conference on Intangible Cultural Heritage, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the UNESCO Intangible Heritage Convention and the Hangzhou International Congress on Culture: Key to Sustainable Development.
“China is leading from the front in making culture and creativity one of the pillars of its development strategy -- one of the drivers, in the words of President Xi Jinping, of the Chinese dream.”
The Director-General underlined the importance of integrating culture into the post-2105 global development agenda as a driver and an enabler of sustainable development.
“For the future agenda to be universal and effective, I am convinced it must build on cultural diversity, drawing on the power of creativity.”