The UN Secretary General’s report on progress against the SDGs in 2023 has underlined both the potential of culture – from creators and institutions, to the underlining attitudes and beliefs that shape behaviour – to accelerate the achievement of the Goals.
Yet despite this, there is no culture goal, risking the under-valuation and under-integration of culture in the planning and delivery of development policies.
This session, organised by partners in the Culture2030Goal campaign was an opportunity therefore to think together about an alternative – what if there had been a culture goal? What would it look like, how would it fit within the whole, and what might it mean in terms of national implementation of the SDGs?
We organised a side-event on last 12 July 2023, at 12:30-13:45 UTC. The session can be watched here.
In particular, the session:
- Explored the shape of a potential culture goal, drawing on the Culture2030Goal campaign’s zero-draft as presented at the 2022 UNESCO MONDIACULT Conference
- Examined the interlinkages between a potential culture goal and existing SDGs, highlighting in particular opportunities to accelerate progress
- Provided a snapshot of research into the place of culture in 2023 VNRs.
- Took stock of the High-Level Meeting on Culture and Sustainable Development, organised by the UN President of the General Assembly
- John Crowley (independent)
- Jordi Pascual (UCLG Culture Committee)
- Bretony Colville (ICOMOS)
- Jorge do Prado (FEBAB Brazil)