The Hangzhou Declaration

“Placing Culture at the Heart of Sustainable Development Policies”

The Hangzhou Declaration recognizes culture as an enabler and driver of development and calls for its integration within future policies, strategies, practices and goals to be defined in the framework of the post-2015 agenda.

Nine concrete actions to place culture at the heart of future policies for sustainable development policies are put forward:

  • Integrate culture within all development policies and programs
  • Mobilize culture and mutual understanding to foster peace and reconciliation
  • Ensure cultural rights for all to promote inclusive social development
  • Leverage culture for poverty reduction and inclusive economic development
  • Build on culture to promote environmental sustainability
  • Strengthen resilience to disasters and combat climate change through culture
  • Value, safeguard and transmit culture to future generations
  • Harness culture as a resource for achieving sustainable urban development and management
  • Capitalize on culture to foster innovative and sustainable models of cooperation


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