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UNIDO’s contribution to the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development 2021

  • General Information
  • Background
  • Key objectives
  • When: 1 December 2021 at 8:20 – 9:20 a.m. (CET)

    Where: The event will be hosted on Zoom and will be accessible to all interested participants via a dedicated link. Participants registered for the Conference will receive a direct link. Those not registered to the General Conference who wish to participate in this event are requested to click here.

    Target participants: The expected participation in the side event is Government Delegations participating in the GC19.

  • In 2019 at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, 2021 was declared the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development in resolution A/RES/74/198. The resolution recognized the need to promote sustained and inclusive economic growth, foster innovation and provide opportunities, benefits and empowerment for all and respect for all human rights. The resolution encourages all to observe the International Year in an appropriate manner and, in order to raise awareness, promote cooperation and networking, encourage sharing best practices and experiences, enhance human resource capacity, promote an enabling environment at all levels as well as tackle the challenges of creative economy.

  • The side event will raise awareness of participants in the GC19 regarding the end of the year celebration on the year of the creative economy, and it will demonstrate that UNIDO, through its activities, is actively contributing to achieving the resolution.

Confirmed speakers

  • Introduction
  • Theme 1
  • Theme 2
  • Theme 3
  • Fireside chat
  • Welcoming remarks

    SANS Carlota

    Creative Industries Expert, Agro-Industries and Skills Development Division
    United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

    After completing her master's degree in International Economic Policy from Sciences Po Paris, Carlota joined UNIDO in 2016, where she contributes to the design, implementation and monitoring of a portfolio of projects in the cultural and creative industries sector. Her main areas of knowledge include the development of Monitoring and Evaluation Sys... Read More

    Keynote speech

    Minister of Agriculture Jihad, Seyyed Javad Sadati Nejad was born on June 22nd, 1972, in Iran. He became a faculty member of the University of Tehran working as an Associate Professor for several years. He was also serving as an MP and the Chairman of the Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources and Environment Commission of the Islamic Consultative P... Read More

  • Developing cultural heritage products to improve livelihoods of vulnerable social groups

    ATTAHI Abdul Walid

    Student; Software design expert; Refugee of Afghan descent
    IUBH University

    Abdul Walid Attahi is a software design specialist from Afghanistan living in Tajikistan as a refugee since 2017. Having joined a group of national textile and carpet-weaving experts working on UNIDO Project on Industrial upgrading and modernization of carpet-weaving, embroidery and traditional textile sectors in Tajikistan, he has been conducting ... Read More

    Laurence Pia Touitou is an architect and passionate about crafts. She is the founder and creator of the collections of the brand La Liste Tunisienne. She has been living in Tunisia for 11 years and travels around the country to meet the artisans. As an international product development expert for UNIDO’s Creative Tunisia Project since 2019, she sup... Read More

  • Creative industries to support rural economic development

    Nizar is from Baadaran, an agricultural Lebanese village now within the Shouf Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO designated biosphere reserve composed of the Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve, Ammiq Wetland, and twenty-four surrounding villages. As Manager of the Reserve, Nizar holds an intrinsic commitment to the stewardship of cultural and natural heritage.... Read More

    SARKIS Lina

    Development Coordinator
    Shouf Biosphere

    Lina is from Mokhtara, a village on the periphery of the Shouf Biosphere Reserve, designated by UNESCO, composed of the Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve, Ammiq Wetland, and twenty-four surrounding villages. She graduated from the American University of Beirut in 1981 with a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences. Her career started with teaching, and th... Read More

  • Industrial design and branding for competitiveness and sustainable growth

    Saten Khoshoyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. She holds BS in Commerce and Management, alma mater: French University in Armenia. Also masters business development management. Her career started in Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company in Armenia, and she was responsible for several local and international Public Affairs’ projects. During her career a... Read More

    Studied Mechanical Engineering and Business Administrationat Technical University Vienna; Graduated as MBA with specialisation in Marketing und Finance at University of Toronto; Obtained his Ph.D. on "value-based management with special emphasis on intangible assets in particular brands" at the University of Graz; Founder and President of ... Read More


    Managing Director, Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-Business, and Director, Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation
    United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

    Dr. Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento Managing Director of the Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-Business, and Director of the Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation, at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO. Dr. Calzadilla has been Director for the Technical Assistance and Training at the In... Read More