It is the Government's ambition for Sweden to be a leader in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda - both at home and when contributing to the global implementation of the agenda. Sweden sees the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the legally binding climate agreement signed in Paris in December 2015, the final text of the outcome document adopted at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (the Addis Ababa Action Agenda) in July 2015 and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 as related parts of the new global framework for sustainable development. The concept of sustainable development is central and refers to development that meets today's needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Fundamental to the work is that there is broad ownership of the 2030 Agenda among all actors in society - ownership and participation that develops and deepens over time. Joint commitment based on knowledge and insight, from local to national level, is a necessary foundation. Culture plays an important part in the work on Sweden's implementation of the 2030 Agenda, with the national cultural policy goals aligning well with the 2030 Agenda and SDGs. Sweden has a favourable starting point for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Fundamental to this are the peaceful and democratic conditions that have characterised the country for a long time and include an established culture of cooperation between the various societal actors - politically, economically and socially. One example of this is that government arts agencies, together with a number of other government agencies, have signed a letter of intent to work together to achieve the SDGs. Several of the SDGs can be achieved through cultural policy initiatives and measures, including SDG 10 on reduced inequalities. As socioeconomic factors affect cultural participation, the Swedish Government has implemented several initiatives aimed at promoting broad access to culture and ensuring that the common cultural heritage becomes a matter that engages everyone; these initiatives include efforts to promote reading and a focus on arts and music schools. As regards SDG 16 concerning a more peaceful and inclusive society, Sweden also considers that a vibrant cultural sphere and the preservation of cultural heritage are prerequisites for an inclusive and democratic society.
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