Launch of UNESCO Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Urban Development, Culture: Urban Future
On 18 October, UNESCO will officially launch in Quito its Global Report, Culture: Urban Future. Core contribution of the Organization to the Habitat III Conference on Habitat and Sustainable Urban Development, this Report explores the role of culture for sustainable urban development. It is intended as a policy framework document to support governments in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Urban Development and the New Urban Agenda
The Report examines the contribution of culture to urban sustainability from two analytical angles: a global survey implemented with nine regional partners across the world; and key thematic insights. In total, more than one hundred case studies, including several from Creative Cities, have contributed to the elaboration of this report, which analyses the situation, trends, threats and existing opportunities in different regional contexts, and presents a global picture of urban heritage safeguarding, conservation and management, as well as the promotion of cultural and creative industries, as resources for sustainable urban development. Building on the findings of this global research and thematic reflection the report presents new guidelines and recommendations, rooted in culture, to ensure that the cities of tomorrow are safe, inclusive, resilient and sustainable.
“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.’’
– Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
From 17-20 October, the United Nations Habitat III Conference, hosted by the capital city of Ecuador, gathers Heads of State, Ministers, Mayors from all around the world, actors of the international community, academic world and civil society, who will adopt a New Urban Agenda for the coming decades. Roadmap for the cities’ future, this New Agenda will be implemented at all levels, from the international, sub-national to the local level. Creative Cities are intended to play a major role in this framework.