In April, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published a work entitled “Creative Economy Report 2008: The challenge of assessing the creative economy towards informed policy-making.”
The summary describes the study as the first to present the United Nations perspective on this emerging topic. It is an initiative of the partnership between UNCTAD and the UNDP Special Unit for South-South Cooperation. The summary also states that the report is one of the first examples of the work being undertaken by the Multi-Agency Informal Dialogue Group on Creative Industries. It brings together contributions from five relevant United Nations bodies: UNCTAD, UNDP, UNESCO, WIPO, and ITC. “This collective effort not only contributes to building synergy and exploring complementarities but also is an effective way to advance policy coherence and enhance the impact of international actions in the area of the creative economy and creative industries.”
The study is available (in English only) on the UNCTAD website. The summary is available in English, French, and Spanish on the same site.