- Implementation of the 2005 Convention has contributed to an increased recognition of the role of culture in sustainable development, notably in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
- Although several international sustainable development programmes include culture as a major area of intervention, the proportion of development aid spent on culture and recreation today is at its lowest for over 10 years.
- 86% of the Parties that have adopted a national development plan or strategy have included references to the cultural dimension of development. Over two-thirds of these are from the global South.
- Yet these same countries acknowledge culture primarily as an instrumentality, as a driver of economic or social outputs; only 40% of national development planning documents contain outcomes or actions specific to the goals of the Convention.
- Across the board, the environmental impact of cultural production and artistic practice is not yet taken sufficiently into account.
- Cities all around the world are exploring innovative ways of fostering sustainable development through the cultural and creative industries.
Photo: Christine Ödlund Amiralens Trädgård, Photograph by Jean-Baptiste Beranger, Courtesy Galleri Riis/Christine Ödlund, 2013, Sweden