The Committee on culture of the world association of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) is the global platform of cities, organizations and networks to learn, to cooperate and to launch policies and programmes on the role of culture in sustainable development.


We have the Agenda 21 for culture as our founding document, the first worldwide document promoting policies and actions by cities and local governments for cultural development. It was approved in 2004 by cities and local governments from all over the world to enshrine their commitment to human rights, cultural diversity, sustainability, participatory democracy and creating conditions for peace.

The mission of the Committee on culture of UCLG is “to promote culture as the fourth pillar of sustainable development through the international dissemination and the local implementation of Agenda 21 for culture”.

We promote the exchange of experiences and improve mutual learning. Networking and project development.

We analyze global cultural issues and convey the key messages of cities and local governments. Advocacy, lobbying and policy development.

The Committee on culture of UCLG is chaired by Lille Metropole, co-chaired by Buenos Aires, Montréal and México and vice-chaired by Angers, Barcelona and Milano. The Committee on culture of UCLG is open to the participation of cities from all continents on an equal basis.