Jakarta: Indonesia has initiated a UN resolution or decision on the creative economy at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), which was adopted by consensus on Thursday, November 14, 2019 in New York.
The resolution entitled "International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, 2021", emphasizes the crucial role of the creative economy sector in promoting sustainable development.
"Indonesia has taken various steps to mainstream the creative economy at the UN given its contribution to sustainable development in many countries," Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani, Indonesia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, said in a press statement released on Friday, November 15, 2019.
For the first time Indonesia initiated a decision at the UN, in the form of a creative economy resolution, which had never been done by any other country before.
The Indonesian resolution sponsored by 81 countries encourages investment in production and trade in the creative sector and supports the role of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), women, young people, and local communities in the development of the creative economy.
The creative economy is a resilient sector and continues to grow amid the economic crisis. Based on the 2018 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the sector grew more than doubled in the period 2002 - 2015, from US$208 billion to US$509 billion, with an average growth of 7 percent in the same period.
The creative economy itself can contribute positively to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially on the targets of quality education, gender, economic growth, employment, and decent work, reducing inequality, urban and residential areas, as well as sustainable production and consumption patterns.