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Culture as a goal in post-2015

Culture in the SDGs

The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the global agenda on sustainable development. It includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 specific targets. This is, indeed, a global agenda, the aims and themes of which should be taken into account in all world regions, countries and cities.

The 2030 Agenda amounts to a minor step forward in the consideration of cultural aspects in sustainable development.

In the context of our advocacy work, and aiming at the full localisation and implementation at the local level of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Committee on Culture of UCLG published (May 2018) the document "Culture in the Sustainable Development Goals: A Guide for Local Action".

The document provides practical guidance to local and regional governments, civil society organisations, private organisations, culture and development professionals, and other stakeholders that are involved in strengthening partnerships, policies, projects and practices around the place of culture in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The document is structured on the basis of the 17 SDGs. Under each Goal, the document presents information that helps to understand why culture is relevant and how this connection can be made effective at local level, including in areas where connections may only be implicit, and offers several examples of cities or local governments which have implemented projects, programmes and policies that are directly related to the Goal area.

“Culture in the Sustainable Development Goals: a Guide for Local Action” builds on the work of the UCLG Committee on Culture, especially the toolkit Culture 21 Actions, the global database of good practices called OBS on culture, cities and SDGs, and the advocacy campaign #culture2015goal which has been run together with several partner international cultural organisations and networks.

We invite all cities, local governments, local and national stakeholders, activists, academics and experts to read and share this publication.

Culture in the SDGs: a Guide for Local Action 
 
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Culture in the Sustainable Development Goals: A Guide for Local Action

The campaign

In the years leading to the adoption of the SDGs, several global networks campaigned, under the banner ‘The Future We Want Includes Culture’, for the inclusion of one specific goal devoted to culture, or for the integration of cultural aspects across the SDGs. This campaign was also known as the #culture2015goal campaign.

The networks leading the campaign were: IFACCA, IFCCD, Agenda 21 for culture (UCLG), Culture Action Europe, Arterial Network, IMC - International Music Council, ICOMOS, IFLA and the Latinoamerican Network of Arts for Social Transformation.

Four documents, including a manifesto, a declaration on the inclusion of culture in the 2030 Agenda, a proposal of possible indicators for measuring the cultural aspects of the SDGs, and an assessment of the final 2030 Agenda, were produced between 2013 and 2015.

 

Declaration on the Inclusion of Culture in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 
 
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September 2013. Manifesto "Culture as a Goal in the Post-2015 Development Agenda"

Declaration "Culture as a Goal in the Post-2015 Development Agenda"  
 
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May 2014. Declaration on the Inclusion of Culture in the Sustainable Development Goals

Declaration on possible indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 
 
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February 2015. Proposal on possible culture indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Declaration on possible indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 
 
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September 2015. Final communiqué: “Culture in the SDG Outcome Document: Progress made but important steps remain ahead”

What can you do?

  • Familiarize yourself with the relation “Culture and the SDG”, and in particular with the arguments that we write in the “Culture in the Sustainable Development Goals: A Guide for Local Action”.
  • Use “Culture 21 Actions” to elaborate long-term local cultural policies.
  • Advocate for the inclusion of relevant voices on “culture and development”, in the consultations for the elaboration of national and municipal plans for the implementation of the SDG.
  • In the elaboration and the implementation of the SDG at a national and local level, struggle to have a culture dimension integrated in as many Goals as possible. This dimension should be explicit, resourced and operational.
  • Circulate information about “Culture and the SDG” to your own networks, via email or social media, and advise us of any news about “Culture and the SDG” that we could share with others.
  • Do not hesitate to provide any feedback you have on the material provided above.