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Committee on culture

The Committee on culture of the world organization 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.

Adoption of Agenda 21 for culture

A growing number of cities and local governments all over the world have adopted Agenda 21 for culture. The adoption is of great importance both at a local and global level: it expresses a commitment to its residents to ensure that culture takes on a key role in its urban policies, and it also reveals a sign of solidarity and cooperation with the cities and local governments in the world.

List of cities, local governments and organisations 
 
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List of cities, local governments and organisations, on 1st February 2015. 

Map of the imaginary city 
 
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Map of the imaginary city of the Agenda 21 for culture.

The Map features the cities and local governments, as well as national and international organisations and institutions, which have expressed their support or have promoted the Agenda 21 for culture (according to a list of 1st April 2009).

Document of adhering 
 
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If you wish to adopt Agenda 21 for culture, this document may be an interesting guidance.