Creative Pacific for Sustainable Development
Development of cultural industries for sustainable development in the Pacific
Pacific cultural industries are emerging supported by pioneering entrepreneurs. A report "Situational Analysis of Cultural Industries in the Pacific" (SPC/H.George and L. Mitchell, 2012) includes case studies in the selected countries and regional initiatives, and provides a snapshot of the current situation of cultural industries in Pacific SIDS. A study “Development and Marketing Strategies for Pacific Cultural Industries” (SPC/F. McComb, 2012) identifies some of the promising sub-sectors and calls for a proactive strategy for the cultural industries development in the Pacific SIDS.
UNESCO 2005 Convention
As part of its normative actions, UNESCO has been promoting the 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in the Pacific region. The 2005 Convention is about the cultural goods and services of contemporary expressions.
The Convention is considered the first standard setting instrument that puts culture and development at its core. The Convention encourages Parties to recognize the dual nature of cultural goods and services - cultural and economic -, and take them into account in their national policies for culture and development strategies. It aims to strengthen cultural industries, particularly in developing countries.
As a follow up of the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Forum on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (Dhaka, May 2012), a regional launch of the 2005 Convention in the Pacific was made at the Meeting of Culture Ministers held on the occasion of the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts (Honiara, Solomon Islands, July 2012). The Meeting also endorsed the Pacific Culture Strategy: Investing in the Pacific Cultures (2010-2020).
The First Regional Cultural Statistics Meeting was held in Suva in 2011 in cooperation with SPC and UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS) to discuss the application of the UNESCO Framework for Cultural Statistics (2009) to develop cultural statistics in Pacific SIDS.