Link between culture and sustainable development recognised in a new United Nations General Assembly resolution
The United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution on culture and sustainable development on 12 December 2013. This is the third resolution adopted by the United Nations on this topic, indicating the growing recognition by the international community of the fundamental role of culture.
This new General Assembly resolution supports the work accomplished by UNESCO to defend culture as a key factor in development. It endorses the terms of the Hangzhou Declaration of May 2013 which recommends placing culture at the centre of sustainable development policies.
A breakthrough statement, it establishes explicitly for the first time the importance of culture’s contribution to the three pillars of sustainable development – the economic, social and environmental pillars – as well as to maintaining peace and security.
This resolution is crucial for the future integration of culture as a Millennium Development Goal. It asks Member States and all UN organisations to “give due consideration to the role of culture and sustainable development in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda”.
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Read the “Culture and sustainable development” resolution.
The previous United Nations General Assembly resolutions: