Post-2015 Dialogues on Culture and Development: launch of the Final Report
The elaboration of the Post-2015 Development Agenda has been a unique intergovernmental policy process informed by a comprehensive global consultation, reaching large numbers of individuals as well as policymakers, academics, experts, the private sector and interested citizens.
Following a first phase of consultations, and upon the request of Member States at the 68th session of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General has requested the UN System to continue with a second phase of consultations with the view to inform Member States with pragmatic proposals about how to make the Agenda work and how to ensure its sustainability. The UN Development Group (UNDG) has thus launched the second phase of national consultations on six themes, among which “Culture and Development”, which were held throughout 2014.
UNESCO, UNFPA and UNDP have been designated as the co-lead UN agencies for “Culture and Development” at both global and country levels and the following countries led the national consultations: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ecuador, Mali, Morocco and Serbia.
The Final Report of the Post-2015 Dialogues on Culture and Development will be launched on the margins of the Post-2015 negotiations on Sustainable Development Goals and Targets (23-27 March) at the UN Headquarters in New York on 25 March 2015, in the course of a breakfast meeting jointly organized by UNESCO, UNFPA and UNDP with key Permanent Missions to the United Nations.
The Post-2015 Dialogues on Culture and Development have focused on the relation between culture and six thematic areas: poverty reduction; quality education; gender equality; sustainable cities and urbanization; environment and climate change; and inclusion and reconciliation. The report addresses these themes and formulate specific messages on how culture contributes to sustainable development.
The consultations –at global and country level and through an online forum– engaged a broad range of stakeholders, including authorities at all levels of governance, the private sector, philanthropic foundations and civil society organizations including the scientific and academic community, cultural as well as faith-based organizations.