Monday, March 16, 2009

Creative Economy and Industries Programme

Today, the creative industries are among the most dynamic sectors in the world economy and provide new opportunities for developing countries to leapfrog into emerging high-growth areas of the world economy.

In implementing its mandate, UNCTAD has been proactive in promoting international action in the area of the creative industries, and hence, the creative economy, emphasizing their development dimension. The creative industries are at the crossroads of the arts, culture, business and technology. All these activities are intensive in creative skills and can generate income through trade and intellectual property rights.

UNCTAD´s work
- Promoting the creative economy as a new source of growth
- Providing a platform for intergovernmental debates and consensus-building.

- Supporting government initiatives for concerted public policies and inter-ministerial action.

- Liaising with governments, institutions, artists, creators, academia and civil society to strengthen the creative economy in developing countries.
- Providing demand-driven policy advice and technical assistance to governments.
- Building synergies among the United Nations system: UNCTAD, set-up the United Nations Multi-Agency Informal Group on Creative Industries.

- Organizing and/or participating in international and national events
- Promoting networking through our quarterly E-Newsletter "Creative Economy & Industries".
- Sharing knowledge and information through its research analysis, studies and statistics.


The creative economy deals with a wide range of stakeholders:
- Governments: economic development, culture, trade, tourism, finance, technology, communications, labour, foreign affairs, social affairs and education.
- Business sector: from independent artists and small business enterprises at one stream, to some of the world´s largest conglomerate at the other.

- Public cultural institutions: museums, galleries, public service broadcasting organizations, etc.

- Civil society: foundations, academia, artistic and creators, professional associations, sectoral organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), etc.

- International organizations and public opinion: UN family, other international organizations, press and media, etc.

Ms. Carolina Quintana

Creative Economy & Industries Programme
Trade Analysis Branch
UNCTAD, Palais des Nations

1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

T: +41 22 917 55 51


article source:
UNCTAD website

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