In its resolution A/RES/71/284, the General Assembly called for international recognition of April 21 as World Creativity and Innovation Day; a day to raise awareness of the role of creativity and innovation in problem-solving and by extension, in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. More than 80 countries joined in support of the resolution.

One Day, One Week

#WCID was first commemorated in over 50 countries around the world on 21 April, 2002. In 2006, #WCID became a week (#WCIW 15-21 April) to give people more time to explore together diverse points of view. April 15, the first day of #WCIW, is also Leonardo Davinci’s birthday; an icon of cross disciplinary creativity in the arts and sciences, who exemplified how these fields can inform and enhance each other.

Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

As recognized in resolution 71/279 (6 April, 2017), there is a need to focus on the importance of micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals; in promoting innovation, creativity and decent work for all. Sustainable development is a holistic concept that requires the strengthening of interdisciplinary linkages in the different branches of knowledge.

Call to Action

The call to take action in global partnership to promote creative environments, processes and products was included in the declaration adopted in Florence, Italy, at the 3rd UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries (4 October, 2014).

Resolutions 54/120 (17 December, 1999) on policies and programmes involving youth; 68/220 (20 December, 2013) on science, technology and innovation for development; and 68/223 (20 December, 2013) on culture and sustainable development also support this concept.

The need to initiate a discussion around options available to countries in addressing the many issues that they grapple with in their quest for development is ever pressing. #WCID and #WCIW can serve as a platform for the promotion of examples and best practices that highlight the use of creative thinking and technologies toward the achievement of sustainable development.