Upgrading Culture in Sustainable Development: The Time is Now

As part of the #CitiesAreListening Experiences, UCLG, together with UN Habitat and Metropolis, and in partnership with the Culture2030Goal campaign, Rome City Council and Palaexpo, organize an online meeting on April 20, 2021 (15.00 – 17.00 CEST) entitled ‘Upgrading Culture in Sustainable Development: The Time is Now”.

The meeting aims at consolidating a dialogue between global cultural civil society networks and local and regional governments in the frame of the UCLG Pact for the Future. In particular, the session will give visibility to the Culture2030 campaign, of which the IFCCD is a partner. The president of the IFCCD, Beat Santschi, will participate in this meeting. 


Culture: An Accelerator Under-Used?

On 20 April 2020, the partners of the #culture2030goal campaign released a Statement on Culture and the COVID-19 pandemic. Signed by eight international cultural networks, the statement is framed by our commitment to the 2030 Agenda and the need to guarantee culture is at the heart of the UN Decade of Action for the SDGs.

Entitled “Ensuring culture fulfills its potential in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic”, the statement’s preamble emphasizes:
“With the world faced with the COVID-19 pandemic today and the need to rebuild our societies tomorrow, culture should be at the heart of the response. Culture brings inspiration, comfort and hope into people’s lives. To harness this potential, the Culture 2030 Goal movement, in the context of its engagement in the United Nations 2030 Agenda, calls on UN agencies, governments and all other stakeholders to act.”

The statement is endorsed by the President of the United Nations General Assembly, His Excellency Mr Tijjani Muhammad-Bande. See the press release.

The official launch of the Statement took place on 21 May 2020 (17h00-18h00 CEST), the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The date illustrates the commitment of the campaign to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the need to ensure that culture is at the heart of the UN Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals. Check out the concept note of the meeting for more information.

The Statement will be the object of an event entitled “Culture – An Accelerator Under-Used? Realising the Potential of Culture for Short-term and Long-term Sustainable Development” and organised in the context of the United Nations High Level Political Forum 2020 (HLPF2020) on next 13 July 2020. 


Culture at the time of the European election

The French Coalition for Cultural Diversity is organizing an event on April 15th on culture and digital technology in the context of the European election.

In the company of creators, professionals and political representatives, this meeting proposes to

  • Rethink the place of culture in the European project,
  • Interview and listen to candidates for the European election on their Culture and Creativity programmes,
  • Draw up the new European policy agenda in the digital age.