“Ensure cultural sustainability for the wellbeing of all” – a post-2015 goal all on its own?
In October 2013, four global cultural organisations – the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies, Agenda 21 for Culture, Culture Action Europe and the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity – published a plea for the integration of culture as a Millennium Development Goal in the United Nations’ post-2015 agenda.
Taking note of the failures of development programmes that neglect the cultural dimension, these four international organisations support the creation of a specific cultural goal which they propose to formulate as follows: “Ensure cultural sustainability for the wellbeing of all.” The document notes that culture has a major influence on the other pillars of development by effectively contributing to programmes that support social inclusion, economic development, sustainable development, peace and security.
In this document, the four organisations sketch the outlines of this new Millennium Goal, were it to take form. They present targets and indicators designed to be applied by all countries to varying degrees. Among these, they highlight the need to elaborate and implement national and regional cultural diversity policies. They point out that the cultural and creative industries play a leading role in revitalising the economy, fostering social connection and reducing poverty. Desirous that culture be systematically integrated into development programmes, they suggest that a minimum of 1% of the overall public finances be devoted to the cultural sector.
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Read the targets and indicators proposed by the four organisations: “Culture as a goal in the post 2015 development agenda”