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Fostering creativity and the diversity of cultural expressions

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The project ‘Building the Creative City’ aims to map the creative industries in Zagreb, Croatia with the support of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity of UNESCO
© Miljenko Hegedic

Cultural expressions result from the creativity of individuals, groups and societies and constitute significant input to creative economies worldwide. Creative economies also contribute to inclusive social development and improved quality of life.

UNESCO offers a unique international platform to bolster cultural and creative sectors. The Convention on the Promotion and Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions embodies the concept of diversity as a source of creativity and a capacity for cultural expression.

Partners can join UNESCO in its efforts to maximise the opportunities for individuals and communities to fulfil their creative potential. Together this will be achieved through :

  • the development and roll out of a global capacity-building programme in developing countries,
  • investment in projects that are designed to lead to structural change through the introduction of policies to support the cultural and creative sectors in developing countries,
  • support to knowledge management tools to collect and disseminate information, data and best practices essential for monitoring of the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions.

With its vast range of constituencies, partners and networks and its extensive experience in the field of culture, UNESCO offers a unique international implementing platform to assist countries in their efforts to develop capacities and tools for policies to bolster their cultural and creative sectors.

Its work in this area builds on expertise acquired as leader of the Culture and Development thematic window of the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F), under which 18 joint programmes were successfully implemented worldwide; and through its partnership with the EU on “Expert Facility to Strengthen the System of Governance for Culture in Developing Countries” programme.

Since 2010 through its ‘International Fund for Cultural Diversity’ (IFCD), UNESCO supported 71 projects in 43 developing countries to promote cultural diversity.