Culture as a priority for cities, regional and local governments


SAVE THE DATE: UCLG Culture Summit will be hosted by the City of Bilbao, 18-20 March 2015

The process to elaborate the new Agenda 21 for culture was initiated by the Committee on Culture in 2013 through subsequent debates in Lille-Métropole, Buenos Aires and Rabat, and will continue in 2014, with meetings, seminars, articles, questionnaires and visits to pilot cities. The process will conclude with a major event: a “Culture Summit of UCLG”, when a new document on culture and local sustainable development will be presented.

The UCLG World Council of Rabat in October 2013 confirmed the importance of culture as a key component of sustainable development and a consequent priority for cities, regional and local governments committing to renew the Agenda 21 for Culture.

Since its inception, culture has been at the heart of UCLG´s agenda and has been translated in the adoption of Agenda 21 for culture (May 2004), the Policy Statement “Culture: Fourth Pillar of Sustainable Development” (November 2010) and has been included in UCLG´s advocacy efforts related to the Post-2015 Agenda including activities of the Global Taskforce

The new document on culture and local sustainable development which builds on the success of Agenda 21 for culture, and updates its recommendations, with a clearer orientation to the implementation of policies, aims at promoting intelligence and networking, with selection of good practices and promotion of exchanges, peer-review and expertise.

The Summit is conceived to promote mutual and hands on learning as well as long-term partnerships among cities, local and regional governments that recognize the important place of culture in sustainable development and are willing to implement the new Agenda 21 for culture.

The UCLG Culture Summit is also an important place and a timely moment to connect other stakeholders: the organisations and the networks which are advocating in the global campaign on the place of culture in the UN post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, that is, the #culture2015goal campaign.

It will be a peer-learning event on culture. The good practices of Agenda 21 for culture will be presented in depth, the best projects of the first edition of the “International Award UCLG - Mexico City – Culture 21” will be disseminated and the results of the Pilot Cities programme will be show cased .

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