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- Culture Summit - Key-themes


Plenary sessions held in the context of the Summit will focus on cross-cutting themes which have also informed the design of the overall programme. The following themes will be addressed:

Implementing Culture 21 Actions: How are cities in different world regions working to fully integrate culture in their sustainable development strategies, programmes and projects? What progress can be observed? What are the challenges? Following the adoption of Culture 21 Actions in 2015, city leaders and experts working on the ground will share their experiences and discuss lessons learned and challenges identified. Specific themes included in Culture 21 Actions (e.g. culture and education; culture and climate change; culture, urban planning and public space; etc.) will be examined in parallel sessions, enabling detailed project presentations, group reflection and practical guidance.

Towards a Global Culture 2030 Goal: In the wake of the adoption of new global agendas (in particular, the UN 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda), the Summit will review the progress made but will also discuss the necessary steps to strengthen the global constituency and knowledge on culture and sustainable development in the long term. Whereas references to culture are included in global agendas, culture is not yet recognised as the fourth pillar of sustainable development. Where should efforts focus in the next few years? Including a plenary and two parallel sessions, the discussion will involve both stakeholders active in the campaigns on culture and sustainable development and other relevant agents, including UN agencies, civil society organisations and academics from other fields.

Cultural Rights and Local Alliances for Culture: Cultural rights provide the backbone for participative cultural policies contributing to an inclusive and diverse cultural life and for ensuring that no one is left behind in cities’ vision of culture and sustainable development. Around the world, many cities have established participative, cooperative models for the local governance of culture and have integrated cultural aspects in their approaches to sustainable development. At global level, progress in the field of cultural rights is also being made by the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights, who will take part in the 2nd UCLG Culture Summit.

The Summit is also underpinned by an aim to foster learning on a wide range of issues related to culture and sustainable cities. The parallel sessions will be designed to allow presentation of experiences, introduce on-going work and provide advice on needs and opportunities. The Summit will be a real place for peer-learning and networking among cities, local governments and other stakeholders.  

The draft titles of the parallel sessions are:

  • Implementing Cultural Rights in Your City
  • Local Cultural Policies and Gender
  • Leading Cities on Culture and Education
  • Local Cultural Industries and Sustainability
  • Urban Planning and Public Space: a "place" for Culture
  • Cities, Culture and Climate Change
  • Cultural Policies in Urban Neighbourhoods
  • Capitals of Culture
  • The Evaluation of Cultural Impact
  • Local cultural policies and national frameworks
  • Asian Networks of Cities for Culture
  • "Build your own Narrative" on Culture and Local Sustainable Development
  • Social networks and local cultural policies

The Summit will also host parallel events and workshops. Participation in these events will be possible only by invitation.

  • Preparing "Culture2030Goal": discussion with civil society networks
  • Preparing "Culture2030Goal": discussion with cultural networks
  • Culture is a Common Good of a City
  • Towards a "culture" coalition for COP23 (Climate change)
  • The emerging multi-NGO platform on SDG culture indicators, with specific focus on target 11.4, preparing the 2018 UN High Level Political Forum.
Should you be interested in presenting a specific case or issue in a specialised session, write to us (before 15 January 2017): summit@agenda21culture.net

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