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#Culture2030Goal webinar

On 23 January 2024, from 12.00-15.00 GMT, the #Culture2030Goal campaign organised the webinar "Looking Ahead Culture in Sustainable Development in 2024 and Beyond" with the aim of sharing the background and the achievements of the campaign, and opening a conversation with key partners and all global cultural networks. 

The workshop gathered key partners to think together about the next steps, including the UN Summit of the Future (September 2024), the road towards a "Culture Goal" as well as the ongoing efforts to include "culture in delivering across the SDGs".

Participants received important updates on the place of culture in sustainable development and global development agendas, and had the opportunity to share their views and shape the upcoming work, hear from others about this key dimension of sustainable development.

Watch the session again here.


Input to the UN Pact for the Future

Read the contribution of the #Culture2030Goal campaign to the draft of the UN Pact for the Future. 


Growing Government Recognition
of the Role of Culture in Development

Following the call for an explicit Culture Goal in future development agendas in the Mondiacult 2022 Declaration convened by UNESCO, the #Culture2030Goal campaign strongly welcomes the recognition of the essential role of culture by the members of the United Nations, G20, the European Union and BRICS in the past months. Read the full Statement


Culture in the 2023
Voluntary National Reviews

In 2023, the #Culture2030Goal campaign released a piece on "Culture in the Voluntary National Reports: an Overview of the 2023 Reports" coordinated by IFLA and which highlights some of the different ways in which culture is addressed in these Reviews, celebrates good practices and indicates areas for further focus. 


Delivering A Culture Goal 
for Global Agendas

Following up the inclusion of the need for a Culture Goal to be included in global agendas for sustainable development in UNESCO's Mondiacult 2022 Conference final Declaration, the #culture2030goal campaign has recently released a Statement asking for transformative action towards concrete implementation


#culture2030goal #Mondiacult2022:
Proposing a Culture Goal

In the context of UNESCO's #Mondiacult2022 Conference on Cultural Rights, the #culture2030goal campaign organised various sessions and presented a proposal for a dedicated Goal on Culture in the post-2030 sustainable development frameworks


Report on Culture in the VLRs

In 2021, the #Culture2030goal campaign elaborated a new report on 'Culture in the Localization of the SDGs: An Analysis of the Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs)'.

The main findings of the analysis show that there is great diversity of how local and regional governments (LRGs) address culture in their sustainable development policies and reporting. A good majority of VLRs have included the cultural dimension in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda, through substantive narratives. Cultural topics can be found at any level, as part of high-level policy frameworks and as practical examples of implementation, as separate sectoral headings, where LRGs have dedicated ‘cultural plans’, or supporting aspects of other policy headings, diffused throughout different Goals and Targets.

The report is available here in English.

Culture in the Localization of SDGs: An Analysis of the Voluntary Local Reviews


Report: Culture in the VLRs

A renewed vision

In April 2021 the campaign approved its strategic framework within the context of the UN Decade of Action. In this, we define:

  • Our Vision: The recognition of culture as the fourth pillar of sustainable development;
  • Our Mission: To mainstream culture across the global development agenda;
  • Our Values/Beliefs: are rooted in the #culture2015goal Manifesto of 2014 and the #CultureCOVID19 Statement of 2020;
  • Our Goals include:
    • A stronger place for culture throughout the implementation of the current global development agenda (the UN 2030 Agenda),
    • The adoption of culture as a distinct goal in the post-2030 development agenda,
    • The adoption of a global agenda for culture.

Read the strategy of the #Culture2030goal campaign here.

Vision document


Vision document

#Culture2030goal Statement on
“Culture and the COVID-19 pandemic”


Report “Culture in the Implementation
of the 2030 Agenda”

The Cultural Dimension of Sustainable Development is essential for the achievement of 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals

Building on the commitments of #culture2015goal, the members of this campaign have taken the occasion of the UN SDGs Summit that takes place in New York on 24-25 September 2019, as a perfect opportunity to re-energise the campaign, now updated as #culture2030goal, with the publication of the report entitled: “Culture in the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda” and send key messages on the role that culture is playing (and should play) in the implementation of the SDGs.

The report takes stock of the first four years of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda, from the perspective of culture. It focuses on the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) submitted by State Parties to the UN for the HLPFs in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. The report also explains the parallel developments of policy in the global conversation on culture in development, including the initiatives and actions undertaken by the networks of #culture2030goal themselves, UNESCO, the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, and other international organizations. The report also includes an analysis of the Voluntary Local Reports (VLRs, submitted by cities and local governments).

The report provides key recommendations for all parties involved in the Implementation Decade (2020-2030) of the SDGs: (a) culture to be from the outset in national development planning frameworks for implementing the SDGs, as well as in their reporting through the VNR process, (b) the need for wider consultation and participatory exercises in the elaboration of VNRs, (c) the need to develop a wider international community around culture and sustainable development, (d) the organisation of a High-Level Meeting devoted to Culture within the next HLPF cycle of reporting (2020-2023), (e) the design and implementation of quantitative and qualitative indicators reflecting the place of culture in sustainable development, (f) the importance of cultural contexts in the local implementation of the SDGs and the crucial role played by local cultural actors, institutions and organisations, (f) the need for cultural sectors to strengthen their own efforts towards the implementation of the SDGs, and (g) the commitment to developing partnerships at all levels to strengthen the integration of the cultural dimension in the SDGs.


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