Rise of creative industries. Recognition of the importance of the creative industries is one of the notable developments of the fi rst 14 years of the twenty-fi rst century. The realisation has struck that, as the industrial share of the world economy dwindles, other forms of business are gaining in signifi cance. The creative industries have an important role here. This not only applies to the Western world, but equally to other continents such as Asia and Australia. The recent United Nations Creative Economy Report 2013, co-published by UNESCO and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), shows that the rise of the creative industries is a global phenomenon.