The Goals, adopted in 2015, provide a common framework and objectives for global, sustainable development, incorporating social, economic and governmental dimensions. However, the full capacity of culture to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs is not explicit within the Goals, and therefore requires increased awareness, dialogue and action.
Culture Action Europe finds that the institutions of the European Union are able to pioneer a mainstreaming of culture into the SDGs. The relevance of culture across diverse policy areas, as presented throughout this new report, builds upon Culture Action Europe’s previous impact review, The Value and Values of Culture, as well as member inputs. The report also stresses the need for culture within current and future European action for sustainable development, calling for the creation of a fourth pillar of development for culture as well as a European Cultural Fund for Sustainability as crucial steps in this process.