No Culture No Future | #Culture2030goal Campaign launches its strategy document
If you believe that there is no future without culture and that the cultural ecosystems should be integrated in both short-term recovery and long-term development strategies, support the #Culture2030goal campaign. With the launch today of its strategy document, the group (of which ICOMOS is a member) takes this opportunity to extend an invitation to interested stakeholders to join the campaign and support its actions.
Coinciding with the launch of the strategy document is a High-level event on Culture and Sustainable Development being held on 21 May 2021 at the United Nations in partnership with UNESCO, where the Culture 2030 Goal Campaign is being represented by Ms Silja Fischer, Secretary General of the International Music Council.
The #Culture2030goal campaign calls for the recognition of culture as the fourth pillar of sustainable development and advocates for mainstreaming culture across the global development agenda. The campaign also aims to include culture as a distinct goal in the post 2030 development framework. It is formed by several international cultural networks united to advocate for the role of culture in sustainable development. It is the continuation of the #Culture2015goal Campaign, created in 2013 to call for culture to be included in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (and the SDGs) that was adopted in September 2015.
Over the past two years, the Campaign has gained important momentum. A study on the place of culture in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, published in September 2019, highlighted good practices around the world. However, it also underlined that much needs to be done to realise the potential of culture as a pillar of sustainable development. In the context of the UN’s Decade of Action, the study underlined that culture needs to be recognised more broadly as a crucial development accelerator in order to realise its potential.
Published more recently, the Campaign’s #CultureCOVID19 Statement entitled ‘Ensuring culture fulfills its potential in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic’ not only highlighted the need to support culture during the pandemic, but also demonstrated how culture could both promote wellbeing in the immediate term, and a stronger, fairer recovery in the longer term. This received noteworthy attention from various organisations, including UNESCO and the WHO, culminating in the excellent result of an endorsement by the President of the UN General Assembly.
You can support the #Culture2030goal campaign by joining as ‘Supporters’, here you can learn more how you can do it. Cultural networks with significant international reach and a leadership role in their field can join the Campaign’s small and dedicated steering group, find out more.