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Culture and the Post-2015 goals on the agenda of the UN General Assembly

POST 2015
May 5, 2014
A thematic debate about “Culture and Sustainable Development in the post-2015 development agenda” will be held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Monday 5, 2014.

Adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2013, Resolution A/RES/68/223 required the international community to "give due consideration to the role of culture and sustainable development in the elaboration of the Post-2015 Development Agenda". The special thematic debate, to be held on May 5, follows the adoption of this resolution.

The debate, organized by the General Assembly Presidency in cooperation with UNESCO, will focus on the inter-linkages between culture and other development issues likely to be featured in the Post-2015 agenda, such as: poverty eradication, education, the environment, gender equality, social cohesion and peace.

Keynote speakers such as Irina Bokova, UNESCO's Director-General, Marianne Fay, focal point for the Post-2015 agenda at the World Bank, Charles Vallerand, Secretary-General of the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCDC), Farida Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, as well as delegates from some twenty States will take part to the event. You can follow the debate live on the United Nations’ web TV ( and on our @CulturesWith twitter account.

This high-level debate will contribute to the ongoing second round of consultations for the elaboration of the Post-2015 agenda. The first phase, which took place throughout 2013, focused on defining the new “sustainable development goals” (SDG) for the period 2015 to 2030. The second round, to be completed within 2014, aims at better defining the means of implementation of the new agenda. In compliance with Resolution A/RES/68/223, a "Culture and Development" special thematic focus has been included in the second round’s agenda. 

Culture and the Post-2015 agenda : next steps

In July 2014, the UN’s Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainale Development Goals  will finalize its draft proposal for the new post 2015 goals.  An OWG working session will be held on 5-9 May. 

During the 69th session of the General Assembly, scheduled from September to December 2014, the UN Secretary General, supported by UNESCO, will present a progress report on the implementation of Resolution A/RES/68/223. The issue has also been included on the agenda of the General Assembly’s 70th session in 2015.


Find out more :

The debate featured on the General Assembly's official agenda

The debate’s draft programme and background paper

The "Culture and Sustainable Development" Resolution A/RES/68/223 adopted on December 20, 2013 

Culture and sustainable development in the post-2015 development agenda summary of the debate of the United Nation General Assembly on May 5, 2014


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