Cultura y Desarrollo Sostenible

Impulsando la cultura a través de las políticas públicas

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Culture for Sustainable Development

UNESCO, as the UN specialized agency with a global mandate on culture, is engaged in unleashing the power of culture for the achievement of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Thanks to its normative action, UNESCO moves the 17 SDGs ahead through its six cultural conventions by driving sustainable impact. Culture provides the necessary transformative dimension that ensures the sustainability of development processes. 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.

Forum of Ministers of Culture

Culture in Crisis

In the face of the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on the cultural sector, UNESCO has enhanced its efforts in support of the whole cultural ecosystem

A world without culture is

In the face of the long-term repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on the cultural sector, UNESCO has enhanced its outreach efforts to the Member States in support of the whole cultural ecosystem. To that end, UNESCO devised a number of mechanisms to strengthen the regular dialogue with the Member States ensuring timely dialogue, data collection, research and analysis based on the information provided through its UNESCO Field Offices and relevant line Ministries of the Member States to develop monitoring tools. These cover the online publication of  the weekly “Culture & COVID-19: Impact and Response Tracker”, the monthly “Culture and Public Policy Tracker”; the production of regular analysis on the integration of culture into the Voluntary National Reports of the Member States on the implementation of Agenda 2030 and its 17 SDGs, building on  UNESCO instruments – i.e. its cultural conventions and related programmes; and rolling out the methodology on the Thematic Indicators Culture I 2030. These tools explore both the immediate impact of the health crisis and examples of how countries around the world are adapting to the situation in the medium and longer term. Since September 2020, the Culture and Public Policy Tracker continues tracking the repercussions of the pandemic on the cultural sector, and more broadly, monitors the role of 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. 



Online Meeting of Ministers of Culture Report

The Report of the Online Meeting of Ministers of Culture, Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the cultural sector and public policy response, gathers the Ministers’ reflections on the impact of the health crisis on the cultural sector in their respective countries.

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Culture and Public Policy for Sustainable Development, Forum of Ministers of Culture, 2019

Presented on the occasion of the Forum of Ministers of Culture, this publication – produced in collaboration with subregional and regional intergovernmental organizations – provides an overview of the priorities, trends, and perspectives of cultural policies in the light of the challenges of sustainable development. 

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Culture | 2030 Indicators

The Culture|2030 Indicators is a framework of thematic indicators whose purpose is to measure and monitor the progress of culture’s enabling contribution to the national and local implementation of the Goals and Targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs). The framework of indicators assesses both the role of culture as a sector of activity, as well as the transversal contribution of culture across different SDGs and policy areas.

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World Conference on Cultural Policies: final report

The World Conference on Cultural Policies took place in Mexico City, at the kind invitation of the Mexican Government, from 26 July to 6 August 1982. This conference at ministerial level was convened by the Director-General of Unesco in pursuance of resolution 4.01 adopted by the General Conference at its twenty-first session. The compositionof the conference, which falls into category II of Unesco-sponsored meet- ings, was determined by the Executive Board at its 113th and 114th sessions, in accordance with the provisions of Article 21, paragraph 1, of the Regulations for the General Classification of the various categories of meetings convened by UNESCO. 

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Culture for all peoples, for all times

UNESCO's World Conference on Cultural Policies—Mondiacult—took place in Mexico City from 26 July to 6 August 1982. It brought together ministers and other high officials concerned with their governments' policies in the cultural field.

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Our creative diversity: report of the World Commission on Culture and Development

Development divorced from its human or cultural context is growth without a soul. Economic development in its full flowering is part of a people's culture. This is not a view commonly held, a more conventional views regards culture as either a help or hindrance to economic development, leading to the call to take "cultural factors into account in development"

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Cultural indicators of well-being: some conceptual issues

Culture is both the context for development as well as the missing factor in policies for development Although such interactions have long been recognized as essential, there has been no worldwide analysis in this field on which new policies could be based. The independent World Commission on Culture and Development (WCCD) was therefore established jointly by UNESCO and the United Nations in December 1992 to prepare a policy-oriented report on the interactions of culture and development.

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Culture, human development and economic growth

Economic growth, the traditional objective of development policy, is concerned with increasing the output of goods and services, in the expectation that this will increase human well-being and reduce poverty. More recently there has been a shift in favour of human development, where emphasis is placed on increasing an individual’s capabilities, widening choice and expanding freedom.’ There is much discussion, even controversy, about the relationship between economic growth and human development:3 are they in opposition? do they have different policy implications? or do they come down to much the same thing in the end?

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Towards a world report on culture and development

The World Commission on Culture and Development, created in 1992 under the joint auspices of UNESCO and the United Nations and presided by Javier Perez de Cuellar, presented its report, entitled Our Creative Diversity, to the General Conference of UNESCO and to the United Nations General Assembly in November 1995.

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