Culture in the Sustainable Development Goals

From 18 to 20 March, three days of debates and lectures, the city of Bilbao hosted the UCLG Culture Summit. Under the title ‘Culture and Sustainable Cities 2015’, leaders from over 50 local governments in 5 continents came together with over 200 international experts to exchange knowledge and promote work recognising and stressing the importance of culture in the concept of sustainable cities.

The meeting, organised by the UCLG, built consensuses to finish drawing up the 100 action proposals, culminating with the approval of the document ‘Culture 21:Actions’.This document, based on the Agenda 21 for Culture, establishes a framework for displaying and demonstrating the strong link between the cultural sphere and sustainable development, while providing guidelines for self-assessment and implementation. The key moments in the summit included the presentation of best practices and the best projects from the first ‘UCLG International Award - City of Mexico - Culture 21’ and the results of the Pilot Cities programme. The space also provided a platform to link the Post-2015 Development Agenda to culture, based on the work produced during the Sustainable Development Goals definition process.

With the document ‘Culture 21: Actions’, UCLG has renewed its commitment to culture as one of the pillars of human development, an essential tool for meeting the challenges facing humanity in the 21st century, where local governments play a key role.