The Hangzhou Declaration: integrating culture within the post-2015 sustainable development agenda
Two years before the end of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals cycle, UNESCO organized a congress focusing on the linkages between culture and sustainable development, which took place in China from May 15 to 17, 2013. The congress brought together some 450 participants, experts and global leaders. The objective ? To set clear and concrete recommendations to harness the power of culture and the creative industries for sustainable development. This is the ambition of the Hangzhou Declaration.
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, opened the congress by recalling UNESCO’s longstanding advocacy for culture as a driver and an enabler of sustainable development. “Culture was largely forgotten from the Millennium Development Goals in 2000, as if humanity could develop without culture. But what is at stake today is sustainable and inclusive development, rather than just development, and culture is our most precious asset. In less than ten years, culture has arisen as a matter of public policy and provided evidence of its potential for growth and social cohesion. UNESCO is at the forefront of this movement. We must integrate this know-how into the post-2015 world sustainable development strategies. This is why we are here” said Irina Bokova during her opening speech.
Read the full text of the Hangzhou Declaration.