The partners of the #Culture2030goal campaign have released, on 20 April 2020, a Statement on Culture and the Covid-19 pandemic entitled "Ensuring culture fulfills its potential in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic". The statement is framed in our commitment to the 2030 Agenda and the need to guarantee culture is at the heart of the UN Decade of Action for the SDGs.
Entitled 'Esuring culture fulfills its potential in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic', the statement's preamble emphasizes:
"With the world faced with the COVID-19 pandemic today and the need to rebuild our societies tomorrow, culture should be at the heart of the response. Culture brings inspiration, comfort and hope into people’s lives. To harness this potential, the Culture 2030 Goal movement, in the context of its engagement in the United Nations 2030 Agenda, calls on UN agencies, governments and all other stakeholders to act."
The statement is endorsed by the President of the United Nations General Assembly, His Excellency Mr Tijjani Muhammad-Bande. See the press release.
The official launch of the Statement took place on 21 May 2020, on the occasion of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The date illustrates the commitment of the campaign to the achievement of development goals, and in particular the 2030 Agenda. In this context, the organisations behind the Statement underline the need to ensure that culture is at the heart of the UN Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals.