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Widening Local Development Pathways: The Creative Economy and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

10 December 2013


There is an urgent need to find new development pathways that encourage creativity and innovation in the pursuit of inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth and development, stressed high-level representatives of Member States, UN Officials, and other development partners at a panel discussion on “Widening Local Development Pathways: Creative Economy and the Post-2015 Development Agenda”.

“I am convinced that harnessing the power of creativity and culture can help developing countries diversify their economies and connect local producers to global value chains, that it will bring broader intangible benefits too,” said Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator and UN Development Group (UNDG) Chair.

Creative industries are one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economy. World trade of creative goods and services has more than doubled from 2002 to 2011, when it reached a record of US$624 billion. At the same time, developing countries averaged 12.1 per cent annual growth in the export of creative goods.

The UNDG has established a Task Team on Culture and Development, co-led by UNESCO and UNDP, said Helen Clark. “It aims to ensure that we can respond effectively to the growing interest of Member States in initiatives which link creativity and culture to development, including through South-South cooperation.”

The Creative Economy Report 2013, – the result of a partnership between the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, hosted by UNDP, and UNESCO, with contributions from other United Nations agencies – examines the interactions, policies and specific challenges facing the development of the creative sector at the local level. It offers concrete recommendations to policy makers on how to boost their creative and cultural sectors, including matching of investments with infrastructure and labour capacities, mechanisms to scale up the development of local enterprises, effective intellectual property rights that stimulate creative economies, access to global markets, and more.

The Report aims to serve as an inspirational tool for others shaping their own pathways for local development. It reviews close to 80 culture and development programmes from the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund and UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity. The analysis of these portfolios provides a menu of options and discussion of practical choices for local leaders to support cultural and creative industries in the pursuit of more inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth, leading to the post-MDG era.

The Creative Economy Report 2013 builds on the 2008 and 2010 editions.


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