Irina Bokova, Director-General of Unesco
"The power of culture is its dual nature, as a driver for both growth and social inclusion. Unesco has long advocated for the recognition of the link between culture and sustainable development: it is through culture that people mobilize and look ahead. There is no future without culture.
The 37th session of Unesco's General Conference, which meets in Paris from November 5 to 20, 2013, is decisive in more than one way. It will notably set forth Unesco's priorities for the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. One of these priorities is the integration of culture into the next Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to fight against poverty and exclusion and to build the necessary bridges between peoples in an uncertain world.
This is why I welcome the initiatives of governments, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders supporting Unesco's appeal to integrate culture into the global post-2015 sustainable development agenda. This "De Facto " forum is one example.
Director-General of Unesco
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