NEMO contributes to a EC report on the Sustainable Development Goals

 Diagram illustrating 17 sustainable development goals. Each keyword is represented by a simple illustration in a colourful square.

On 3 and 4 December 2020, NEMO participated in a Voices of Cutlure (VoC) brainstorm session to discuss the challenges and opportunities for culture to be part of realising the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The outcomes of the discussion have been translated into a report, which was presented to the European Commission in a strucutred Dialogue Meeting on 11 February 2021.

Together with 44 organisations, NEMO brainstormed on four of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 1) SDG4 on Quality Education, 2) SDG8 on Growth and Employment, 3) SDG11 on Sustainable Cities and Communities, and 4) SDG13 on Climate Action. Given the interconnectedness of the SDGs and the relevance of culture in a cross-cutting way, conversation and debate also naturally flowed around several the other SDGs.

The group of experts all agreed that culture needs to be duly recognise a driving force in achieving the SDGs. The report is concluded with four principles and recommendations:

  1. From missing opportunities to a promising partnership with the cultural world
  2. From declarations of intentions to concrete action
  3. The need for innovation in finance schemes for piloting initiatives to be launched within the SDGs framework
  4. Leaving no one behind and securing equal access to culture for all

Read the full report.

The Voices of Culture Structured Dialogue framework enables communication between the European Commission and the cultural sector. Its main objective is to provide a channel for the voice of the cultural sector to be heard by EU policymakers, a voice represented by a group of expert practitioners in Europe selected through an open call. These dialogues are also intended to strengthen the advocacy capacity of the cultural sector in policy debates on culture at a European level, whilst encouraging the sector and the Commission to work in as collaborative a way as possible.