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Culture as a goal in post-2015

The campaign

In the years leading to the adoption of the SDGs, several global networks campaigned, under the banner ‘The Future We Want Includes Culture’, for the inclusion of one specific goal devoted to culture, or for the integration of cultural aspects across the SDGs. This campaign was also known as the #culture2015goal campaign.

The networks leading the campaign were: IFACCA, IFCCD, Agenda 21 for culture (UCLG), Culture Action Europe, Arterial Network, IMC - International Music Council, ICOMOS, IFLA and the Latinoamerican Network of Arts for Social Transformation.

Four documents, including a manifesto, a declaration on the inclusion of culture in the 2030 Agenda, a proposal of possible indicators for measuring the cultural aspects of the SDGs, and an assessment of the final 2030 Agenda, were produced between 2013 and 2015.

 

Declaration on the Inclusion of Culture in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 
 
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September 2013. Manifesto "Culture as a Goal in the Post-2015 Development Agenda"

Declaration "Culture as a Goal in the Post-2015 Development Agenda"  
 
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May 2014. Declaration on the Inclusion of Culture in the Sustainable Development Goals

Declaration on possible indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 
 
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February 2015. Proposal on possible culture indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Declaration on possible indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 
 
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September 2015. Final communiqué: “Culture in the SDG Outcome Document: Progress made but important steps remain ahead”

Background

The International Congress "Culture: Key to Sustainable Development" was held in Hangzhou (China) on 15-17 May 2013. The Congress provided the very first global forum to discuss the role of culture in sustainable development in view of the post-2015 development framework, with participation of the global community and the major international stakeholders. A high level delegation of UCLG was present in Hangzhou and the UCLG Culture Committee prepared this document to assist members and partners.

 
 
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UNESCO Congress of Hangzhou "Culture: Key to Sustainable Development"