13.10.2017 - New York Office

At the UN, Member states discuss contributions of culture and cultural industries to the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals


New York: On 13 October 2017, UNESCO presented the report on Culture and Sustainable Development at the United Nations General Assembly.

As part of the discussions at the 72nd session of the Second committee of the UN General Assembly (Economic and Financial Committee) on the advancement of sustainable development, Ms. Marie Paule Roudil, Director of UNESCO Office in New York, presented the Report on Culture and Sustainable Development as mandated in the General Assembly resolution 70/214.

The report provides an overview of the progress achieved in the development of national capacities to optimize the contribution of culture to sustainable development. The findings of the progress report, prepared in collaboration with Member States and partner organizations, revealed a significant number of new and diverse policies set up by member states in order to utilize culture as a tool for sustainable development.

In her remarks, Ms. Roudil outlined that the 2030 Agenda includes a clear recognitions of culture as an enabler of the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Furthermore, she emphasized that sustainable development cannot be achieved “without integrating culture in development policies, from safeguarding cultural heritage to promoting creativity and the diversity of cultural expressions”.

Highlighting the importance of cooperation and joint action, she emphasized that the efforts of United Nations agencies to promote the role of culture for sustainable development, as well as of the members of the Group of Friends on Culture and Development in New York, have been crucial.

Discussing the significant progress achieved by the Member states, Ms Roudil brought attention of the participants to the UNESCO Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Urban Development and the Global Report Re|Shaping Cultural Policies, which monitors the implementation and impact of the creative industries, in support of evidence-based policy-making in the field of culture. Following the presentation, Member states engaged in dialogue with Ms Roudil and used the opportunity to emphasize that cultural diversity, and cultural and creative industries, cross-cuttingly contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, and its targets. The statements were made by Ecuador, on behalf of the Group 77, El Salvador, on behalf CELAC, Iraq, Philippines and Rwanda.

Furthermore, member states called on all stakeholders to give due consideration to the contribution of culture to the achievement of sustainable development in the formulation of national, regional and international development policies and international cooperation instruments. Pursuant to the presentation of the report, the Group of 77 and China will introduce to the Second Committee of the UNGA a new General Assembly resolution on Culture and sustainable development. The resolution will be negotiated and adopted by the Member states later this year.

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