The event is the UN’s first major conference on Trade and Development amid the coronavirus pandemic and will help shape policy responses for a better recovery from COVID-19. The fifteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development – UNCTAD 15 – presents an opportunity for the development community to align the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development with the global “new normal” created by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a major United Nations conference of the “decade for action” for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the ministerial conference must address the massive unmet trade, finance, investment and technology needs of developing countries struggling in the face of the COVID-19 challenge.
The Creative Industries and Trade Digitization Forum from 29 September to 1 October 2021, looks at the major trends and impacts of this step-change on the creative economy and analyses how to harness the benefits for development and trade purposes while offsetting the challenges. The forum is delivered on the premise that the creative economy as an important tool for building a sustainable, inclusive, and equitable future. To do so, the creative industries need to address several factors including rebuilding the creative sector after COVID-19, the future of work, the role of e-commerce platforms as well as terms of trade, gaining access to global distribution networks, building digital skills and capacity, among others.