Culture for Sustainable Development

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development constitutes a plan of action addressing the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. In achieving these goals, UNESCO encourages State Parties to integrate culture into governance, capitalizing on the conception, measurement, and practice of development with a view to advancing inclusive, equitable, and sustainable development.

In past years, UNESCO has integrated culturally appropriate programming into development policies, which underlines the respect for the values, cultural diversity and participatory rights of communities, groups and individuals as beneficiaries from development interventions. 

With an emphasis on cultural practices for sustainable development, UNESCO believes that culture is both an enabler and driver of growth. More than bringing people together, culture creates new and inventive industries that help create long-lasting sources of revenue, particularly for local communities. Culture-led development also includes a range of non-monetized benefits, such as greater social inclusiveness and rootedness; resilience, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship for individuals and communities; and the use of local resources, skills, and knowledge.

Culture is indispensable in Viet Nam’s journey towards sustainable development. While Viet Nam’s economy enjoys observable exponential growth, socio-economic changes bring along problems of fluctuating development and a disconnect between the economy and people. Taking these challenges as points of departure, UNESCO continues to work with local partners to help preserve traditional Vietnamese culture, whilst also promoting new and creative cultural developments.

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