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UNESCO World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries

The third UNESCO World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries (www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/creativity/unesco-world-forum-on-cultural-industries/) was held in Florence, Italy on 2-4 October 2014. The topic of the forum was Culture, Creativity and Sustainable Development: Research, Innovation, Opportunities.

This meeting followed the previous two World Forums on Culture and Cultural Industries, held in Monza in 2009 and 2011. This third edition of the Forum was organized in Florence in cooperation with the Italian Government and with the support of the Tuscany Region and the Municipality of Florence. Discussions at the Florence Forum focused on the need to ensure that culture is duly taken into account in international development policies and strategies, especially at a time when the post-2015 development agenda is being elaborated, which was highlighted by the Florence Declaration (www.focus2014.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/ENG_Florence_Declaration_4oct.pdf) adopted at the end of the Forum.

Among other topics, participants discussed achievements of the 2013 Special Edition of the Creative Economy Report, co-published by UNESCO and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and reflected on the potentials of culture and creativity in promoting and achieving sustainable development. Discussions were held around several key topics:

  • Culture and Creativity: A Double Commitment to the Future;
  • Cultural Industries, Employment and Growth;
  • Nurturing Culture for the Sustainable Development of Urban and Rural Areas;
  • The Power of Culture for Inclusive Societies;
  • Innovation, Technology and Know-How for Sustainable Futures;
  • New Approaches to Measuring Change;
  • Investing in Culture;
  • Culture and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Mrs. Nina Obuljen Korzinek, member of the Culturelink team and researcher at the Institute for Development and International Relations, participated as one of the speakers at the Forum.