The UN’s Creative Economy Report 2008

The United Nations’ Conference on Trade and Development has released its Creative Economy Report 2008: The challenge of assessing the creative economy towards informed policy-making.

The report has tons of useful statistics which I’m going be looking at over the next couple of days. it promises to shed significant information on international trade flows in this vital area – not just in cultural goods but in cultural services as well.

From the website:

The 350-pages Report recognizes that creativity and human talent are fast becoming powerful engines for economic growth and development, and calls for the adoption of effective cross-cutting mechanisms and concerted inter-ministerial policy action.

Developing countries around the world can find ways to optimize the potential of the creative economy for generating economic growth, job creation and export earnings while at the same time promoting social inclusion, cultural diversity and human development.


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