The Tracker Culture & Public Policy | Issue 12

This monthly Tracker is produced by UNESCO to monitor culture in public policy with regards to the UN Sustainable Development Agenda. It highlights developments within national and regional contexts, as well as emerging debates on culture's contribution to sustainable development. Drawing on a variety of sources, it provides a broad overview of cultural policy trends worldwide at the national, regional and international level and looks at ways in which countries integrate culture into other policy areas.


Social inclusion is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, yet culture remains under-utilised in fostering social cohesion. Cultural practices, sites and expression convey values and skills, conducive to social inclusion. Access to and participation in cultural life have long been appreciated as crucial elements in enhancing well-being and creating a sense of belonging.

This month's Cutting Edge explores how to harness culture and creativity to forge more inclusive and harmonious societies, through fairer distribution of cultural infrastructure and use of public spaces, economic empowerment, and more equitable access to culturally-adapted public services.

Cultural Policy Highlights contains the latest cultural policy innovations from around the world, including related to social inclusion, whilst the Regional Perspectives section includes updates on regional processes.

The Culture in the Agenda 2030 section examines how Member States' Voluntary National Reviews are harnessing culture for social inclusion.

Find Out More includes the latest news and advocacy materials from UNESCO.

Everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community [and] to enjoy the arts.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 27