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Culture as Goal in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Culture as goal @ Laculture
Culture as goal @ Laculture

Research conducted by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), in close cooperation with Agenda 21 for Culture, the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity and Culture Action Europe, outlines the reasoning behind a goal on culture, and suggests several targets and indicators.

You can read extracts below:

“As networks of governmental and non-governmental organizations and global cultural actors, we are fully engaged in the pursuit of sustainable cultural development at local, national and global levels and wish to contribute to the Post-2015 Development Agenda. We strongly believe that culture can aid the fight against poverty and strengthen communities. This is our work, this is our commitment.

During the last decade the international community has collected substantial evidence on the role of culture in development. The conclusion is that, most often, development policies and projects which do not take into account the cultural dimension have failed. Culture effectively contributes to policies, strategies and programs targeting inclusive social and economic development, environmental sustainability, harmony, peace and security. Culture is both a driver and an enabler of sustainable development.

The best way to include these considerations in the Post-2015 Development Agenda is through the inclusion of a goal explicitly focused on culture. Such a goal would provide coherence, conceptual clarity and strength to the Agenda. It would also accelerate change in other areas and the achievement of other goals. The wording suggested for the Goal explicitly focused on culture is: “Ensure cultural sustainability for the wellbeing of all”.

The present document carries the justification for such a goal and puts forward several targets and indicators.”

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