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.
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.
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.
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.
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.