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Protecting the diversity of cultural expressions is more important than ever

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and magnified the creative industries’ pre-existing volatility. Due to the complex nature of their work, cultural professionals are particularly affected and lockdown measures around the world directly impact the entire creative value chain.

UNESCO has launched a page that aims to serve as a reference for those seeking to draw inspiration from best practices in the development of appropriate responses adapted to national contexts. UNESCO has also launched a weekly "Culture & COVID-19: Impact and Response Tracker" to provide an overview of the rapidly evolving situation.

Publications

Freedom & Creativity: Defending art, defending diversity

Freedom & Creativity: Defending art, defending diversity

This special edition focuses on one of the overarching goals of the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions Convention: Promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms and, in particular, artistic freedom.

IFCD: 10 Years of Creativity

IFCD: 10 Years of Creativity

The goal of International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) is to invest in projects that lead to structural changes, demonstrating the value and opportunities that culture brings to sustainable development processes.

Culture 2030 indicators

Culture | 2030 indicators

The Thematic Indicators for Culture in the 2030 Agenda initiative is an innovative effort to establish a methodology for demonstrating culture’s role and contribution to the implementation of the SDGs. It aims to help decision-makers by building a coherent and strong narrative on culture and development that is evidence-based.

Culture & working conditions for artists

Culture & working conditions for artists

This study uncovers persisting and emerging challenges artists and cultural professionals face and examines how countries around the world are addressing these issues through policymaking.

Investing in Creativity

Investing in Creativity

The cultural and creative industries generate annual global revenues of US$2,250 billion and exports of over US$250 billion. These sectors, which currently provide nearly 30 million jobs worldwide and employ more people aged 15−29 than any other sector, can even make up to 10% of GDP in some countries.

2018 Global Report - Re|Shaping Cultural Policies

2018 Global Report - Re|Shaping Cultural Policies

The Global Report series monitors the implementation of the 2005 Convention and provides new and valuable evidence to inform cultural policy making and advance creativity for development.

Report on the implementation of the UNESCO 2015 Recommendation on Museums & Collections

Report on the implementation of the UNESCO 2015 Recommendation on Museums & Collections

Recommendation concerning the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections, their Diversity and their Role in Society.