Cultural Statistics

The collection and analysis of cultural statistics will help promote the growth of the Pacific cultural industries and main-streaming culture into economic and social policy. Cultural statistics are a means of formalising what is currently viewed as an informal sector in spite of its considerable contribution to economic and social well-being.

Cultural Indicators of the Pacific

UNESCO stated, in its Mexico World Conference on Cultural Policies:

“in its widest sense, culture may now be said to be the whole complex of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features that characterize a society or social group. It includes not only the arts and letters, but also modes of life, the fundamental rights of the human being, value systems, traditions and beliefs”.

festpac_danseuseThere is an increased focus on culture and development in the Pacific, particularly in the context of economic valuing and human development, and the role of cultural statistics and related indicators in assessing, planning and monitoring of cultural heritages like language, beliefs, values, philosophies, religion, legends, performing arts, arts, music, symbols, clothes, traditional knowledge systems, traditional skills about medicine, agriculture, fisheries, plants and people’s relationships as well as cultural site preservation and related practices. We will specifically dedicate pages on related indicators. This is work in progress, and pages will continue to be updated as indicators are derived and related materials become available.

Current resources on Culture Statistics in the Pacific include:

Paper on Culture Statistics and Indicators (23rd Meeting of the Council of Pacific Arts, Noumea, New Caledonia, 23-25 March 2010) 

 - 2009 UNESCO Framework for Cultural Statistics

Cultural Statistics Meeting Report Published

The Inaugural Pacific Regional Cultural Statistics Meeting was held at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) in Suva, Fiji from 25 to 27 May 2011. The meeting was organised by the Human Development Programme (HDP) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and was co-funded by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), and SPC’s Statistics for Development Programme (SDP) and Human Development Programme, with financial assistance from the UNESCO Office for Pacific States and in collaboration with PIFS.

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