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Culture & Sustainable Development

Powering Culture across Public Policies


The integration of culture in development processes, strategies and policies at the national level is already well underway across the broad public policy spectrum, from reducing poverty through jobs, skills and employment in the cultural sector, to strengthening quality education for all and social justice, to providing context-relevant responses to foster environmental sustainability. UNESCO is engaged in providing a comprehensive support to Member States for the design, adaptation and implementation of their public policies by developing mechanisms and tools to document and measure the impact of culture on sustainable development from an integrated and comprehensive perspective. Culture should not be considered as a policy domain in isolation, but rather as a cross-cutting dimension that may foster a paradigm shift to renew policymaking towards an inclusive, people-centered and context-relevant approach.


UNESCO highlights African cinema at the 75th Cannes Film Festival
Damaged cultural sites in Ukraine verified by UNESCO
Support to cultural sectors in Benin, Ethiopia, and Mali during the COVID-19 pandemic


Celebrating International Jazz Day

11 years celebrating jazz music and calling for world peace and unity through jazz

UNESCO spotlights growth potential of Africa’s film industry

UNESCO published the first complete mapping of Africa’s film and audiovisual industries in 2021.


The UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development – MONDIACULT 2022 will be convened by UNESCO forty years after the first MONDIACULT World Conference on Cultural Policies held in Mexico City (Mexico) in 1982, and 24 years after the UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies for Development held in Stockholm (Sweden) in 1998. The UNESCO-MONDIACULT 2022 World Conference will be hosted from 28 to 30 September 2022 by the Government of Mexico.

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The urgency of harnessing the integration of culture in the broad public policy spectrum relies on the fact that...

Culture is our pathway to sustainable development

Woman in traditional dress, Zacatecas, México.


50 million
jobs are created by CCIs worldwide

and more young people 15-29 are employed in the sector than in any other economic activity

of work

in the culture and entertainment sector is done by women.

5 million

are employed by the Africa’s film and audiovisual industries.

 of the world’s

global biodiversity is protected under the stewardship of Indigenous people

10 million km2
of cultural and natural sites

around the world are protected by UNESCO’s designated sites

of countries

feature culture as a leading priority in their tourism policy

Cities, culture, creativity

Leveraging culture and creativity for sustainable urban development and inclusive growth

Culture | 2030 Indicators