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Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Investing in Creativity.
Transforming Societies.

The Time to Invest in Creativity is Now!

Culture and creativity are the heartbeat of our societies, and we need them now more than ever. With so many crises around the world – from climate change to conflict and COVID-19 – people need moments to connect, come together, understand each other, and imagine better futures. Music, art, literature, cinema, dance and many more forms of cultural and creative expressions drive the momentum we need to overcome the challenges we face.
At the same time, the creative economy is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, providing decent work, especially for women, youth and vulnerable groups. By investing in the creative economy now, especially in the Global South, we support sustainable and inclusive development so that everyone can reap the benefits. 

Invest in creativity

Key Data on the Contemporary Creative Economy

6.2 %
of all employment is created in Culture
79%
of artists are based in Europe and North America
35%
of Parties to the Convention contributed to the IFCD
77 %
of Parties reported measures on gender equality
US$2,250 bn
of revenues

are generated by cultural and creative industries (CCIs)

13%
of city employment

is concentrated in CCIs in major cities worldwide

29.5 million
jobs are created by CCIs worldwide

and more young people 15-29 are employed in the sector than in any other economic activity

47%
of workers in 72 countries

of the cultural and creative sectors are women

Today, we must secure culture’s rightful place in our recovery plans in order to overcome the Covid-19 crisis. Artists have drawn attention to create regulations which provide them with some degree of security, to provide support with regard to digitalization by ensuring cultural diversity, equitable value chains, and fair remuneration of creators by the main digital platforms.
Audrey Azoulay UNESCO Director-General

Statutory Meetings

All the countries that have ratified the Convention are called “Parties” and together form “the Conference of Parties”. Twenty-four representatives from all regions of the world are elected to an executive body called the “Intergovernmental Committee”.
16th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee

The session will be held from 7 to 10 February 2023 in Paris

8th Session of the Conference of Parties

The session was held online from 1 to 4 June 2021

#Resiliart Debates

On 15 April 2020, World Art Day and beginning of Covid-19 pandemia, UNESCO launched its flagship initiative ResiliArt to raise the alarm on the artists, cultural professionals and the creative sector in crisis while celebrating the resilience of art in adversity.

ResiliArt consists of a series of online debates organized by State and non-State actors with the aim of examining the impact of different crises on the cultural and creative sectors and their main actors.

ResiliArt was thus developed as a movement for artists, by artists and UNESCO serves as a conduit between voices on the ground and global decision makers.

Publications

Re|shaping policies for creativity: addressing culture as a global public good
UNESCO
2022
Publication supported by Sweden
0000380474
Film industries in Central Asia: a view today and towards the future
UNESCO
UNESCO Cluster Field Office in Almaty
2021
UNESCO
0000380026
The African film Industry: trends, challenges and opportunities for growth
UNESCO
2021
Published with the support of China
0000379165
Backstage Managing Creativity and the Arts in South-East Asia
UNESCO
UNESCO Bangkok Office
2021
UNESCO
0000375664
Cultural and creative industries in the face of COVID-19: an economic impact outlook
2008
0000377863
Gender & creativity : progress on the precipice, special edition
UNESCO
2021
Publication supported by Sweden
0000375706
ResiliArt 100
UNESCO
2022
UNESCO
0000382692
Creative futures : continued cooperation between UNESCO and the Republic of Korea
Creative futures
IFCD: 10 Years of Creativity
IFCD: 10 Years of Creativity
Freedom & creativity: defending art, defending diversity
UNESCO
2020
Publication supported by Sweden and the UNESCO-Aschberg programme for artists and cultural professionals
0000373357
Culture in crisis: policy guide for a resilient creative sector
UNESCO
2020
Publication supported by the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
0000374631
2021: International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development
2021: Int'l Year Creative Economy
Dancers

UNESCO-Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Prize for the Creative Economy