• "Calling for a new approach to sustainable development, participants at a UNESCO congress in Hangzhou advocated placing culture at the heart of public policy. The Hangzhou Declaration was announced at the UNESCO Hangzhou International Congress held from May 15 to 17 in the capital of Zhejiang province. The declaration urges governments, civil society and the private sector to harness the power of culture in addressing the world’s most pressing developmental challenges such as environmental sustainability, poverty and social inclusion." [...]

    China Daily, "UNESCO Hangzhou Declaration: Culture is crucial" (24 May 2013)

  • "Culture is precisely what enables sustainability – as a source of strength, of values and social cohesion, self esteem and participation. Culture is our most powerful force for creativity and renewal." stated the Director General, Irina Bokova. [...]

    The Hangzhou Declaration: Heralding the Next Era of Human Development (17 May 2013)
  • China's new leadership will reinforce cooperation with UNESCO to improve people's well-being through education, science and culture, affirmed the country's recently appointed Vice Premier Ms Liu Yandong, during a wide-ranging meeting with the Director-General in Hangzhou on the sidelines of the International Congress on Culture and Sustainable Development on 15 May. [...]

    China's Vice Premier expresses new leadership's strong support for UNESCO (15 May 2013)

  • "The power of culture must be recognized as a pillar for sustainable development, and this is why we are here," said the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, at the opening of the International Congress of Hangzhou (China). "We must rethink growth models, environmental and social models, and culture offers the means to renew ideas, to foster openness and to promote the innovation we need to make the most of it," she added. [...] 

    Culture opens new avenues for development, says the Director-General at the Hangzhou Congress (15 May 2013)

  • On 14 May, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, participated in the ceremony opening UNESCO’s International Congress on “Culture -- the Key to Sustainable Development”. The ceremony was organized by the Municipal Government of Hangzhou, in the presence of Mr. Hao Ping, Vice Minister of Education and Chairman of the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, Mr. Wang Jincai, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of the municipality of Hangzhou and Yang Shubiao, Deputy Mayor of the city. [...] 

    Urban cultural policies at the heart of the Hangzhou Congress  (14 May 2013)

  • Hangzhou congress builds on UNESCO’s longstanding advocacy for culture as a driver and an enabler of sustainable development. In 1982, over 30 years ago, at the Mexico City Conference on Cultural Policy, UNESCO sought to show the role of culture as a vector of identity and cohesion, as well as an engine of creativity and sustainability. [...] 

    Irina Bokova makes global appeal at Hangzhou to integrate culture in the post -2015 development agenda (13 May 2013)
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