Re|shaping policies for creativity: addressing culture as a global public good

18 March 2022

A new UNESCO report, entitled, Re|Shaping Policies for Creativity, shows that development assistance devoted to culture and recreation is on the decline and although the flow of cultural goods and services globally continues to rise, there has been very little progress in addressing the vast disparity between developed and developing countries. Very strong inequalities also persist in the cultural and creative sectors, like those faced by many women.

This greatly restricts peoples exposure to the diversity of cultural expressions from around the world, at a time when there is a compelling case that diversity is a structuring element for social cohesion and peace between peoples. In turn, it limits the ability of the cultural sector which accounts for 3.1% of global GDP and 6.2% of all employment - to drive sustainable economic growth in developing countries.

This publication and its executive summary are available in English, French, Russian and Spanish languages.

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