UNESCO Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Urban Development
News, Urban Development, Museums as Social Agents, Intercultural Dialogue, Cultural Creativity | 19.10.2016

The report takes on the strategic contribution of culture to sustainable urban development.

In line with the UNESCO's main entry points for culture in the 2030 Agenda, and in particular its' Goal 11 ‘Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’, the report proposes a reflection on managing change in cities with culture as a lever for development.

"The report is intended as a policy framework document to support governments in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and, as such, is a key contribution to the common United Nations’ action within the framework of the New Urban Agenda."

In two parts the current situation of culture and sustainable development based on a global survey (Part I) is analysed and trends, opportunities and threats to culture and its role to "(1) promote a people-centred approach to sustainable urban development; (2) ensure a quality urban environment for all; and (3) foster integrated policy-making, building on the power of culture" (Part II) are reflected on.

Followed by conclusions, which contain proposed guidelines for decision-makers, experts and stakeholders involved in urban development policies and strategies at national and local level.

In the Dossier different initiatives and programmes of the UNESCO are introduced, offering an insight into the efforts made toward sustainable urban development. An Atlas situates the cities presented in the Dossier on detailed maps.

The 304-page report follows the 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda "to drive forward a holistic and inclusive approach to the future development of cities."

The inclusion of culture in Goal 11 is a chance to bring different policy areas together and an important response to the growing urbanity, as it lies at the core of a sustainable urban development that has to respond to the growing city spaces, "where diverse people meet, interact and develop projects and strategies, they will be the protagonists of the twenty-first century global society."