We believe that culture is both a driver and enabler of sustainable development and that the explicit inclusion of targets and indicators for culture in the Sustainable Development Goals will enable transformative change.
In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Cultural networks united in 2013 to launch a global campaign calling for culture to be included in this Agenda. Why? Because the Agenda defined the key priorities for development and because global expenditure on development over the next 15 years had to be associated to these priorities. If culture was not mentioned, it would be extremely difficult for civil society actors, networks, cities and countries to elaborate policies and provide funds for programmes and projects that rely on culture's role as a driver and an enabler of sustainable development. 'Culture' had been completely absent from the Millennium Development Goals document. We did not want to let this happen again. This website is our legacy. You will find here the Manifesto with which we launched the campaign, the milestones of our work, the documents we submitted to the Open Working Group and the UN Secretary General as well as the communication tools we had developed. Moreover, you can read the support messages that we have received and which testify that there is a global community standing behind our values.