World Creativity and Innovation Day emerged as a global initiative in 2002, when organizations from around 50 countries convened in Canada to appreciate and discuss the importance of creativity and innovation in today’s world. Years later, and to give more space for reflection, a week of celebration was established beganning on April 15, the birthday of Leonardo Da Vinci, and ending on April 21.

In 2017, the United Nations General Assembly established April 21 as World Creativity and Innovation Day, inviting government organizations and civil society to celebrate the date “in order to create greater awareness of the role of creativity and innovation in solving problems and, by extension, in economic, social and sustainable development”.

Among the recitals of this Declaration, in addition, the UN especially mentions the conclusions of the Report on the Creative Economy (2013), a joint publication of the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture and the United Nations Development Program through the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation: “Human creativity and innovation, both individually and as a group, have become the true wealth of nations in the 20th century ”.