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Launch of the Creative Economy Report 2013: Widening Local Development Pathways

The 2013 special edition of the Creative Economy Report, entitled Widening Local Development Pathways is published by UNESCO and UNDP (United Nations Development Program) through the UN Office for South–South Cooperation. It bolsters the 2008 and 2010 editions with contributions relating to the unexploited potential of local creative economies.

Figures released in May 2013 by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) put world trade in creative goods and services at a record US$624 billion in 2011, more than twice what it was in 2002. Another illustration of how cultural and creative industries can serve as development pathways by fostering creativity and innovation in the interest of people-centred, equitable, and sustainable growth.

The report explores and analyzes ways to strengthen and enhance results in order to further inclusive economic and social development. Its conclusions will inform international discussions relating to the Post-2015 United Nations Development Agenda and the role of culture in sustainable development. It will serve as an important tool for decision-makers by showing what the success of creative economy initiatives is likely to depend on in practice.

The report is made up of two complementary components: a conventional illustrated text and an online documentary that gives viewers a feel for the flourishing creative economy in developing countries.

To read and view the Report on the Creative Economy, visit the UNESCO website.