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Culture & Sustainable Development

Powering Culture across Public Policies

Culture for Sustainable Development

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.

Latest News

MONDIACULT 2022 : States adopt historic Declaration for Culture | UNESCO
LiBeirut: Funding is in place to begin rehabilitating Beirut’s iconic Sursock Palace

UNESCO and Switzerland announce funding is in place to begin rehabilitating Beirut’s iconic Sursock Palace

UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature mobilise to celebrate the first edition of World Novel Week

Timeline | Culture for Sustainable Development


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.

Culture has a fundamental role in our societies. Through culture people can discover their common humanity and become free and enlightened citizens.
Audrey Azoulay
Audrey Azoulay Directrice générale de l'UNESCO

In numbers

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

US$2.7 billion
incomes were made in 2020 from

royalties and digital channels, making up a quarter of all revenue for the sector.

A rise by 34%
was recorded in

Subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service subscriptions in 2020.

Latest Publications

Culture in times of COVID-19: resilience, recovery and revival
Department of Culture and Tourism
Latest Courier issue: Culture, a global public good
juillet-septembre 2022
Re|shaping policies for creativity: addressing culture as a global public good
Publication supported by Sweden