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UNESCO Global Report 2018: Reshaping Cultural Policies

Our research for UNESCO's major report on Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The research explores to what extent creativity is contributing to development in 146 countries of the world across ten different themes, varying from technology to artists’ mobility, from gender equality to civil society engagement.

Cultural policy making, monitoring and Evaluation frameworks

Last week, UNESCO launched the 2018 Global Report: Re | Shaping Cultural Policies, of which we proudly acted as data partners.


The report has been designed to monitor the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural
Expressions (2005). 


It also provides evidence of how this implementation process contributes to attaining the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and targets.

While monitoring the application of the Convention across 146 countries, the work offers valuable evidence to inform cultural policy making and advance creativity for development.

The recommendations are set in order to achieve the four goals of the Convention:


  • Support sustainable systems of governance for culture to implement policies and measures that are based on informed, transparent and participatory processes

  • Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase the mobility of artists and cultural professionals through preferential treatment measures for countries from the global South;

  • Integrate culture as a strategic dimension ofsustainable development frameworks, including international development assistance programmes and national development plans;

  • Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms as a pre-requisite for the creation and distribution of diverse cultural expressions through support for gender equality and artistic freedom


The four goals are linked with the ten chapters in the report and cover emerging policy areas such as digital environment, public service media, gender equality and artistic freedom.

The BOP Consulting team worked on the project for more than one year, collaborating with the editorial team across seven out of ten areas of monitoring of the report. We provided qualitative and quantitative research as well as data analysis to support, inform and integrate the work of the authors.


The final report and the key findings can be downloaded below.

Advancing creativity for development

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Culture and the Climate Emergency

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5 Priorities for World Cities in the post-covid recovery period

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Culture and the Recovery: Levelling Up Culture?

Dec 4, 2020

Culture can play an important role in recovery and renewal across the UK, if the right local decision-making is put in place

Culture and the Recovery: Levelling Up Culture?

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Central London’s celebrated

Sep 23, 2020

This focused, coordinated set of measures can not only rescue the sector, but position it to lead the recovery

Central London’s celebrated cultural offer is in peril

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COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #3

Aug 21, 2020

Three big questions as applications close for Arts Council England’s Cultural Recovery Fund

COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #3

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COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #2

Jul 30, 2020

The UK’s £1.57 billion recovery package: priorities for a New Deal

COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #2

Paul Owens

COVID-19: Cities, Culture and the 3 ‘P’s: powers, partnerships, place

Jul 20, 2020

Cities are using their unique capabilities to lead recovery and renewal

COVID-19: Cities, Culture and the 3 ‘P’s: powers, partnerships, place

Paul Owens

COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #1

Jul 7, 2020

Investing in recovery, planning for transformation

COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #1

Paul Owens

COVID-19 is a triple blow to culture and the creative industries

Jun 30, 2020

Recovery and renewal will depend on how we address the three dimensions of the crisis

COVID-19 is a triple blow to culture and the creative industries

Paul Owens

Take planning and collaboration to whole a new level.

Jun 3, 2020

In the face of radical uncertainty leaders and policy-makers will have to take planning and collaboration to whole a new level

‘Plans are useless, planning is essential’

Paul Owens

Relief, Recovery and Renewal

May 13, 2020

Nobody knows what will happen next, but we have a good idea of the three necessary steps out of the crisis

Relief, Recovery and Renewal: navigating our way to a new kind of future

Paul Owens

The Golden Thread in the 2020s

Dec 20, 2019

A cause for optimism

Weaving the Golden Thread into the 2020s

Paul Owens

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Director, Research

Richard is a world leading expert in research methodologies for the culture and the creative industries, having been an early innovator in the development of frameworks for measuring the economic and social impacts of cultural activities.

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