Florence Mayor Dario Nardella emphasises the role of culture in peace-building

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03 December 2015

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today met with Dario Nardella, the mayor of the city of Florence, within the framework of COP 21, the United Nations conference on climate change currently taking place in Paris.

The Director-General thanked the mayor for the excellent cooperation established between UNESCO and the city of Florence and heralded the success of the World Forum on Culture and the Creative Industries held in the city in October 2014. “The Florence Declaration, adopted as part of this Forum organized by UNESCO, the Italian government and the city of Florence, played an essential role in the inclusion of culture in the new 2030 Agenda adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations,” declared the Director-General.

During the meeting the mayor of Florence presented the Director-General with the “United in Diversity” cultural charter, signed by the mayors of sixty cities across the world aiming to highlight their commitment to building peace through culture. The initiative includes mayors of cities that have been marked by conflict, and intends to reinforce the advocacy of UNESCO in the promotion of culture as an instrument of peace.

Mr Nardella also expressed hope that Florence could welcome a centre for the promotion of arts, crafts and knowledge under the auspices of UNESCO, which would form part of the #Unite4Heritage initiative, with a particular focus on the protection of tangible and intangible cultural heritage in conflict zones.

The Director-General thanked the mayor and expressed her support for these concrete proposals, fitting within the framework for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.