Report on the importance of culture in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda

A recent report puts forward the importance of the cultural dimension for sustainable development and to achieve the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The members of the campaign #culture2015goal have re-energise it, now updated as #culture2030goal, with the publication of the report “Culture in the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda” and  by sending a key messages on the role that culture is playing in the implementation of the SDGs.

The report takes stock of the first four years of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda, from the perspective of culture. The report also explains the parallel developments of policy in the global conversation on culture in development, including the initiatives and actions undertaken by the networks of #culture2030goal themselves, UNESCO, the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, and other international organizations.

The report offers the following key recommendations:

  • culture to be from the outset in national development planning frameworks for implementing the SDGs, as well as in their reporting through the VNR process
  • the need for wider consultation and participatory exercises in the elaboration of VNRs
  • the need to develop a wider international community around culture and sustainable development,
  • the organisation of a High-Level Meeting devoted to Culture within the next HLPF cycle of reporting (2020-2023)
  • the design and implementation of quantitative and qualitative indicators reflecting the place of culture in sustainable development
  • the importance of cultural contexts in the local implementation of the SDGs and the crucial role played by local cultural actors, institutions and organisations
  • the need for cultural sectors to strengthen their own efforts towards the implementation of the SDGs, and
  • the commitment to developing partnerships at all levels to strengthen the integration of the cultural dimension in the SDGs

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