SDG Watch Europe, in which Culture Action Europe is an active member, will officially launch in Brussels on 13 October 2016. SDG Watch Europe is a new, EU-level, cross-sectoral CSO alliance of NGOs from development, environment, social, cultural, human rights and other sectors. Its goal is to hold governments accountable for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs).
Culture Action Europe wants to take this opportunity to remind local and national governments about the transversal value of culture. During the last decade the international community has collected substantial evidence on the role of culture in development. The conclusion is that, most often, development policies and projects which do not take into account the cultural dimension have failed. Culture effectively contributes to policies, strategies and programs targeting inclusive social and economic development, environmental sustainability, harmony, peace and security. Culture is both a driver and an enabler of sustainable development.
Re-read our document “Future we want includes culture”, jointly prepared by IFACCA, Agenda21 for Culture, IFCCD and Culture Action Europe.