Creative Economy

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Culture sector now accounts for 6.1% of the global economy. They generate annual revenues of US$ 2,250 billion and nearly 30 million jobs worldwide, employing more people aged 15 to 29 than any other sector.

The cultural and creative industries have become essential for inclusive economic growth, reducing inequalities and collaborating to the sustainable development. They are among the fastest growing sectors in the world.

In today’s interconnected world, culture's power to transform societies is clear. Its diverse manifestations – from our cherished historic monuments and museums to traditional practices and contemporary art forms – enrich our everyday lives in countless ways.

Both heritage and creativity lay the foundations for vibrant, innovative and prosperous knowledge societies. Heritage constitutes a source of identity and cohesion for communities disrupted by bewildering change and economic instability. Creativity contributes to building open, inclusive and pluralistic societies.

Only a human-centred approach to development based on mutual respect and open dialogue among cultures can lead to sustainable, inclusive and equitable results. Yet until recently, culture has been missing from the development equation.

UNESCO advocates for culture and development, while engaging with the international community to set clear policies and legal frameworks and working on the ground to support governments and local stakeholders to safeguard heritage, strengthen creative industries and encourage the diversity of cultural expression to ensure that culture takes it rightful place in development strategies and processes.


UNESCO Cultural Convenxtions

UNESCO Cultural Conventions provide a unique global platform for international cooperation and establish a holistic cultural governance system based on human rights and shared values. These international treaties endeavour to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage, including ancient archaeological sites, intangible and underwater heritage, museum collections, oral traditions and other forms of heritage, and to support creativity, innovation and the emergence of dynamic cultural sectors.

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