Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development

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Considering the urgencies the world’s societies are facing today affecting the cultural and natural heritage, and the potential of heritage to help address these, the 2030 Agenda is an imperative to transform the framework of cultural heritage protection. Cultural heritage is not just monuments. It has a crucial role for the well-being of communities, which must be harnessed for sustainable urban and socio-economic development, in particular for post-COVID recovery strategies at international, national, and local levels. ICOMOS is a leading global voice in integrating cultural heritage within sustainable development. The SDGs Working Group coordinates ICOMOS response to the 2030 Agenda, through advocacy, policy, localizing of the SDGs.

A major expression of this pursuit, the ICOMOS Concept Note on ‘Cultural Heritage, the UN Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs], and the New Urban Agenda [NUA]’ argues for “the positive integration of culture and cultural heritage into urban development plans and policies as a way to enhance sustainability of urban areas through heritage, in the context of Agenda 2030/ SDGs.”

Since the adoption of the United Nations Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development (the post-2015 development agenda) in September 2015 and of the New Urban Agenda at Habitat III in October 2016, ICOMOS’s mission has shifted to the implementation of Agenda 2030- SDGs and the NUA from the perspective of cultural and natural heritage, within the framework of the ICOMOS mandate and collaboration with strategic partners. 

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ICOMOS Action Plan: 'Cultural Heritage and Localizing the SDGs'

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Click here to download the final version dated July 2017 of the ICOMOS Action Plan for ‘Cultural Heritage and Localizing the SDGs’, drafted as a roadmap for ICOMOS members and heritage advocates toward achieving implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda at the national and particularly the sub-national (regional and urban) levels. The Action Plan sets forth our vision, mission and main principles, as well as a ‘toolkit’ or ‘menu’ of actions that can be taken under the three Action Areas of General Advocacy and Organizing, Localizing the Means of Implementation and Monitoring Implementation.

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