“Cultural matters are integral parts of the lives we lead. If development can be seen as enhancement of our living standards, then efforts geared to development can hardly ignore the world of culture.”Amartya Sen
Review of Key Findings and Achievements
MDG Achievement Fund's Thematic Window on Culture and Development
The Art of Development: Investing in the Creative Economy, Pacific Institute of Public Policy
» Developing and maintaining a vibrant arts and culture policy is central to nation building - Pacific governments and development partners could start by prioritising arts and culture.
» There are risks associated with a rush to commercialise. Appropriate commercialisation can assist with both preserving and developing culturally inspired creative pursuits.
» Policy and practice need to protect rights associated with ownership of cultural knowledge, particularly with respect to asserting authenticity.
» More and better information is required on both the supply and demand sides to know what the economic realities are of the creative sector.
» There are opportunities to expand economic activity through tourism and providing opportunities to exhibit and market creative works in metropolitan markets. The internet has a role to play, but is no silver bullet.
::: COMPENDIUM ON CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT :::
"Culture lies at the heart of urban renewal and innovation. This Report provides a wealth of insights and concrete evidence showing the power of culture as a strategic asset for creating cities that are more inclusive, creative and sustainable. Creativity and cultural diversity have been the key drivers of urban success. Cultural activities can foster social inclusion and dialogue among diverse communities. Tangible and intangible heritage are integral parts of a city’s identity, creating a sense of belonging and cohesion. Culture embodies the soul of a city, allowing it to progress and build a future of dignity for all. This reflection has been at the core of UNESCO’s work over the last decades, notably through the development of programmes such as the Creative Cities Network, the Learning and Smart Cities initiatives and the protection of historic urban landscapes."
UNESCO, October 2016
"Inspired by the three models for Culture and Sustainable development, the analysis clearly shows that “there are multiple ways of viewing culture’s relationship with sustainability, and [that] myths about culture present obstacles to fully integrating culture into urban development planning and strategies. Culture should be fully integrated in urban development planning, while taking care that it is not “made invisible” in this process, the study says. “The distinctive features and benefits of cultural expressions, activities, and a diversity of approaches must be appreciated and nurtured, and culture and cultural heritage conserved and safeguarded through informed, intelligent, and sensitive cultural policies”.
Paper, UCLG, 2016
“Through both national and global consultations, discussions were organized on how exactly culture can contribute to achieving sustainable and equitable development for all, particularly within the framework of six sub-themes: (1) culture and poverty reduction, (2) culture and education, (3) culture, gender equality and women’s empowerment, (4) culture, sustainable cities and urbanization, (5) culture, environment and climate change, and (6) culture, inclusion and reconciliation.”
UNESCO, UNFPA, UNDP, 2015
Report of the UN SG On the Post-2015 Agenda
World Culture Forum, Indonesia
Engaging the World: Towards Global Cultural Citizenship
The Relevance of Culture and Cultural Heritage in Austrian Development Cooperation and Cooperation with Eastern Europe - Case Studies on Bhutan, Nepal, Guatemala, and Bosnia and Herzegovina
Synthesis Report, Vol 1.
Austrian Development Agency
Report of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaheed, to the Human Rights Council
Ministers of Culture and Officials in charge of Cultural Policies of Latin America / CELAC
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
MDG Achievement Fund
UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda / UNESCO
Online book, Andreas Fuglesang
Organization of American States
Report of the Director-General, UNESCO
Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism, Denmark
A practical tool to integrate culture in development -pedagogical guide, UNESCO
Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
AECID, European Commission
Working Paper, UNESCO, Extea
Factsheet, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
Green Paper, European Commission
Draft resolution, UNESCO General Assembly
Arabic Report for Cultural Development (in Arabic)
Arab Thought Foundation
Proceedings of the Symposium held at UNESCO
A Contribution to the Debate on the Implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, German UNESCO Commission, ASEF
UNESCO World Report
Final Report Culture as a Vector for Economic and Social Development
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation