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Culture: shaping the future through cities

"L'Angelo della storia", by Andrea Fogli, Matera (Italy) 2018 "L'Angelo della storia", by Andrea Fogli, Matera (Italy) 2018 Photo by Luigi Paternoster

The Culture Summit is organized by the world organisation of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) to guarantee the place of culture in global debates on sustainable development and to encourage networking, peer-learning and the sharing of good practices between cities and local governments from across the world. Held in Bilbao, Jeju and Buenos Aires in previous years, the 4th UCLG Culture Summit will be hosted by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality on 9-11 September 2021 in Izmir, a global actor of local cultural policies.

Izmir has become a global actor in the field of local cultural policies. The summit was inaugurated with an online session on 10 June 2021 and will later be held with face-to-face and online sessions on 9-11 September 2021.

The Culture Committee of the UCLG is the global platform of cities, organizations and networks to learn, to cooperate and to launch policies and programmes on the role of culture in sustainable development.

UCLG adopted the Agenda 21 for Culture in 2004 to enshrine the commitment of local and regional governments from across the world to human rights, cultural diversity, sustainability, participatory democracy and creating conditions for peace.In 2015, UCLG approved Culture 21 Actions, a toolkit with 9 Commitments and 100 Actions: it is the most complete and practical document on the relation between culture and sustainable development in cities and allows self-evaluation, policy innovation and peer-learning.

The mission of the Culture Committee of UCLG is “to promote culture as the fourth pillar of sustainable development through the international dissemination and the local implementation of Agenda 21 for Culture”.

The Culture Committee organises an International Award on Cultural Policies and convenes the global Summit on Culture every two years. It runs programmes to support the elaboration and implementation of cultural policies (Leading Cities, Pilot Cities, Culture 21 Lab and the Seven Keys) and has an advocacy campaign to promote culture in the UN Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Culture Committee supports the exchange of experiences and improves mutual learning in order to analyse global cultural issues and convey the key messages of cities and local and regional governments.

The Committee also hosts a database of good practices on "culture in sustainable cities”.

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