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The role of culture in countries’ official position papers on the post-2015 agenda: Switzerland, Germany, France




“The future framework will be based on and refer to existing international human rights instruments (e.g. UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the  International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights…”


“A culturally sensitive approach is essential for achieving inclusive sustainable development that benefits all. At the same time, cultural or religious practices must never serve as a justification for restricting or violating human rights. Promoting cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue as well as leveraging the potential of cultural and artistic resources supports the inclusion of marginalised groups. It is also important for fostering peace and for sustainable development as a whole.”


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“Preserve cultural heritage, strengthen cultural and creative industries and foster sustainable tourism.”


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“Particular attention must be paid to issues which channel and boost development and create multiplier effects and whose improvement facilitates progress on other goals:

- Gender equality (…)

- Culture: the inclusion of culture in development projects and policies makes them all the more effective and relevant as they take account of the local context and enable better ownership by recipients. Promoting cultural diversity encourages economic innovation and participatory approaches for improving the living environment. Culture also breeds resilience and facilitates change and social inclusion (e.g. when emerging from crises).”


“Connection of all people, through guaranteed service access, to infrastructure and cultural goods: water, sanitation, waste processing, energy, transport, communications including ITC, access to culture and information, education, public health and safety. France has a spearheading role for the implementation of the UN-HABITAT International Guidelines on Decentralization and Access to Basic Services for All.”


“- A society which respects and promotes cultural diversity: respecting citizens’ cultural and linguistic identities and promoting cultural involvement ensures social, economic and environmental sustainability. As a lever for resilience (in contexts of emerging from crises, whether political or natural), change and social participation, culture is a source of and catalyst for social and economic innovations. It encourages the ownership of public policies and, through heritage and architectural concerns, helps to improve the living environment.“


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