The year 2021 was declared the International Year of the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development at the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations. The implementation of the Year is led by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in consultation with UNESCO and other UN agencies.
The International Year of the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development could not have come at a more opportune time. The COVID-19 pandemic has crippled the creative economy. From creation, production, distribution to access, no player in the creative value chain has been spared its impact. The health crisis also revealed and aggravated pre-existing vulnerabilities within the cultural sector. Many artists and cultural professionals have not been able to benefit from the social and economic supports that have saved workers in other sectors. At a time when we are consuming more cultural content online than ever before, artists and creators have rarely received fair compensation for our clicks and views.
Under the theme of the International Year of the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, a number of activities will take place to highlight the power of creativity for resilience in times of pandemic and to share best practices and experiences, build human resource capacity, promote an enabling environment at all levels and address the challenges of the creative economy.
On February 4th, the ResiliArt debate on “How to rebuild the creative and cultural industries in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic” examined how to revive the creative economy using the opportunity of the International Year of the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development to make the creative sector more resilient to future crises and to design cultural policies that are better aligned with Agenda 2030.