Culture for Sustainable Development

At a time when the international community is discussing future development goals beyond 2015, all efforts are focused on putting culture at the heart of the global development agenda.

Culture is who we are and what shapes our identity. Culture contributes to poverty reduction and paves the way for a human-centred, inclusive and equitable development. No development can be sustainable without it.

Placing culture at the heart of development policy constitutes an essential investment in the world's future and a pre-condition to successful globalization processes that take into account the principle of cultural diversity.

UNESCO’s standard-setting action and worldwide activities aim to build on culture as a driver and enabler of development. This ambitious enterprise encompasses the safeguarding of the world’s multifaceted tangible and intangible heritage and cultural expressions as well as the promotion of intercultural dialogue – through activities such as the Slave Route Project and the General and Regional Histories series. To this end, UNESCO also supports national development policies through inter-agency initiatives such the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund.

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