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Culture goes hand in hand with sustainable development!

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Finland's Presidency of the Council of the EU : resolution on the cultural dimension of sustainable development.

‘A sustainable Europe – a sustainable future’ is Finland’s motto for its presidency of the European Council (July - December 2019). On 21 November, ministers of culture of EU member states adopted a resolution on the cultural dimension of sustainable development.

At EU-level a lot has already been done in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identified by the UN in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Nevertheless, the Council points to the urgent need to recognise the crucial role that culture can play in achieving these goals and invites the Commission to produce an action plan on the cultural dimension of sustainable development.

Building on existing work in the framework of the Council Work Plan for Culture, especially the work to be undertaken by a dedicated Open Method of Coordination group, and on the New European Agenda for Culture, the main objectives of the action plan will be to harness culture’s full potential to foster sustainability, to ensure that EU’s cultural measures maximise the contribution of culture to the delivery of the SDGs and to engage in new work on culture and sustainability.

Former commissioner for education youth and culture Tibor Navracsics said “safeguarding and promoting culture is directly (or indirectly) part of our effort to reach all the SDGs, including the one on making ‘cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’”.

Key European cultural policy objectives, such as promoting identity, inclusion, participation, creativity and diversity are aligned with several SDGs. Therefore, cultural policies and measures should be systematically employed to achieve sustainable development, both nationally and across the EU.

EUROCITIES staff contact

Julie Herve