02.05.2014 - ODG

The UN General Assembly discusses Culture as an Enabler of Sustainable Development

On 5 May, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will give a keynote speech at the special thematic debate of the President of the United Nations General Assembly on “Culture and Sustainable Development in the Post-2015 Development Agenda”.

The debate, held at the UN Headquarters in New York, will bring together some 20 Ministers from around the world, high level UN representatives, observers, representatives of civil society, private sector and other stakeholders, to address the role culture as a driver and enabler of sustainable development, and to make concrete proposals on how to integrate culture in the post 2015 sustainable development agenda.

The thematic debate will also feature the participation of the President of the General Conference, H.E. Mr. Hao Ping, Vice-Minister of Education of China, and the Chairperson of the Executive Board, H.E. Mohammed Amr, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Egypt to UNESCO.

The debate will focus on the contribution of culture to poverty alleviation, income generation, social inclusion and peace.

It will explore evidence on the impact of cultural and creative industries, as well as the preservation of cultural heritage to foster economic and social development, and gender empowerment.

This thematic debate follows up to the UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/68/223 adopted on 20 December 2013, that recognizes the direct link between culture and sustainable development.

This resolution requested Member States to identify targets, benchmarks and indicators to integrate and assess the impact of culture in the global development agenda.

This debate shall provide high-level exchanges amongst Member States as they engage in the final run-up to the preparations of the new global sustainable development agenda to follow 2015.




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