UCLG Summit in Rabat: the cultural messages
The World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders of UCLG took place in Rabat on 1-4 October 2013. Over these four days, over 3,000 participants from 125 countries came together under the theme, “Imagine Society, Build Democracy”. Kadir Topbaş, Mayor of Istanbul (Turkey) was reelected President of UCLG.
The King Mohammed VI of Morocco, in the Opening of the Congress said: “Morocco fully backs your organization’s (…) call for culture to be considered the fourth pillar of sustainable development, along with economic progress, social integration and environmental balance. Indeed, economic, social and environmental challenges are not the only issues at stake. Creativity, knowledge, diversity and refinement are also essential components of any dialogue to achieve peace and progress”. The speech of King Mohammed VI is available here.
At the Plenary session on Habitat III, Mayor Parks Tau of Johannesburg, Mayor Alain Juppé of Bordeaux, Mayor Chen Jianhua of Guangzhou and Mayor Augusto Barrera of Quito requested more presence of culture in development debates. “Culture", the Mayors said, “is identity, heritage, creativity, diversity, wellbeing and knowledge”.
The Final Declaration of the Summit recognizes the need to bring innovate changes, to achieve more just societies by reinforcing governance from the bottom up, under the leadership of inclusive local and regional governments. The outcomes of this Congress further celebrate diversity and call for equality and inclusion, with culture and decent jobs as crucial components of resilient sustainable societies. Please click here to read the Declaration of Rabat.
The presence of the Committee on culture was led by the President of the Committee, Ms Catherine Cullen. Our presence was focused in the following activities: