The #culture2015goal campaign on the UN Habitat III zero draft for the New Urban Agenda

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The Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will be held in Quito, Ecuador, on 17-20 October 2016. The aim of the conference is to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urban development with a “New Urban Agenda”, a document which is expected to provide guidance on the development of urban policies around the world for the next 20 years. The process of discussion and consultation leading to Habitat III is now coming to an end, with a ‘zero draft’ of the New Urban Agenda whose revised version was published on 18 June 2016.

In 2013-2015 the #culture2015goal campaign, a collective of regional and global culture networks in which ICOMOS participated, promoted the integration of cultural aspects in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, under the motto “The Future We Want Includes Culture”. The resulting 2030 Agenda included some references to culture, including: the need for education to foster an appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development (target 4.7); the encouragement of creativity and innovation in development-oriented policies (target 8.3), the promotion of sustainable tourism, including through culture and local products (targets 8.9 and 12.b); the strengthening of efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage (target 11.4); the need to strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets (target 16.4); and the guarantee of public access to information (target 16.10).

In their final document “Culture in the SDG Outcome Document: Progress Made but Important Steps Remain Ahead”, commenting on the adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the leaders of the #culture2015goal campaign stated that “a global initiative such as this will continue to be necessary, in order to advocate for the inclusion of culture in development frameworks and strategies” and called “for the inclusion of truly operational references to culture in the major international conferences where the implications of the SDG framework will be discussed, including (…) the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III, Quito, October 2016).”

The members of the #culture2015goal campaign are:
- International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies – IFACCA
- Agenda 21 for culture – UCLG
- Culture Action Europe
- Culture Action Europe
- International Music Council – IMC
- Arterial Network (Africa)
- International Council on Monuments and Sites – ICOMOS
- Red Latinoamericana de Arte para la Transformación Social

Download the Position Document on “Sustainable Urban Development and Culture” - Comments to the zero draft of the New Urban Agenda in English - French - Spanish