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5th UCLG Culture Summit: Dublin 2023



From 28 November to 1 December 2023, Dublin, Ireland, hosted the 5th UCLG Culture Summit, under the title Culture. Future. Goal. We Act to Bring Local Voices to Global Tables.

The Summit emphasised that culture is an integral part of sustainable cities, and promoted the sharing of experiences and innovations from cities across the world. The programme of the Summit ensured that special attention was paid to the relation between cultural policies and the climate emergency, the connection between culture and gender equality; as well as the role that cultural rights play in addressing the growing inequalities in our societies. The Summit discussed the “Culture Goal” proposal, championed by the #culture2030goal global campaign, and included in the final declaration of UNESCO’s Mondiacult 2022 Conference held in Mexico City on last 28-30 September 2022.

Dublin was the perfect host of the Summit. Dublin has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to being an active and visible part of a global movement working to ensure human rights, cultural diversity, sustainability and participatory democracy, placing culture at the heart of development. For Dublin to host this Summit has been a major boost for all those involved in cultural work and local government across the city, not only to feel part of a worldwide movement but in creating a lasting legacy for citizens and local partners. It gave international visibility to the city and offered the possibility for participants to discover the cultural assets of the city.






Dublin Statement. Culture. Future. Goal.

Final report 


Final report


To know more about the Summit you can consult the coverage of Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 of the meeting. Three video recaps are also available for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3. as well as a Flickr gallery with the pictures of the Summit! 


Read the background document here and the full Press Release here.

Read the speech delivered by Dublin's Councillor Cat O'Driscoll at the 2023 UCLG Retreat & Campus here.