The Natural History Museum’s stark and informative declaration recognizes "humanity's failure to combat our destructive impact on the planet's survival systems."
In 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the aim of ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all by 2030.
As an agency of the UN, UNESCO is making sure that culture is recognised within a majority of the SDGs, including those focusing on quality education, sustainable cities, the environment, economic growth, sustainable consumption and production patterns, peaceful and inclusive societies, gender equality and food security.
The EU supports the SDGs with a set of actions and policies. One clear task is to mainstream culture into the EU’s sustainable development strategy.
NEMO wants to make sure that museums are recognised and supported by EU policy makers for the work they do to contribute to a sustainable future by:
- Advocating for the instrumental role of museums in providing opportunities for decent work, poverty reduction, social resilience, gender equality and other aspects relevant to the SDGs.
- Illustrating how museums and creative industries contribute to the realisation of development targets by providing solutions in urban and rural, European national and local contexts.
- Providing information about the different approaches that museums in Europe and around the world are taking to help make the world more sustainable in the future.
- Encouraging co-operation between museums and other players to form strong alliances reaching out to global citizens at every level.
- NEMO is part of the global #MuseumsforFuture initiative that supports museums and museum professionals with low-threshold climate action ideas and support.
Together with 70 other arts, culture and heritage organisations, the Climate Heritage Network works with the aim of showcasing the important role that arts, culture and heritage can play in achieving the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.
Watch Henry McGhie's Webinar from 27 November 2019 to learn how museums can use the SDGs. The webinar explores the background of the SDGs and what they aim to achieve; why all museums should connect with them; the benefits of doing so; and the main ways they can incorporate the SDGs into their planning, activity and reporting, across all areas of their activity.
Children and young people might need support in making sense of and responding to the Climate and Ecological Emergency. Museums can play an important role in supporting young people to learn, discuss and debate the issues...
NEMO liaises with European policy makers and EU Institutions in all areas relevant to museums. We produce recommendations and co-operate with partners in the European cultural field to make our demands heard. We also help our members to build successful advocacy campaigns and support museums to make an impact on various sectors.
- The Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022 is a strategic instrument setting priorities and defining concrete actions for the following five priorities for European cooperation in cultural policy-making, including Sustainability in cultural heritage.
- European Commission actions and policies with regard to the SDG’s
- Strategic Agenda of the EU 2019-2024, including the priority to build a climate-neutral, green, fair and social Europe
- Culture in the sustainable development goals: A guide for local action, by United Cities and Local Governments
- Museum of the Future blog by Jasper Visser about the SDG’s and museums
- Guide: How can museums support the Sustainable Development Goals?
- Museums and Climate Change: Video produced by the Alberta Museums Association
- UN live museum