Culture Summit


The third UCLG Culture Summit will be held in Buenos Aires (Argentina) on 3-5 April 2019, hosted by the Government of the City of Buenos Aires.


The UCLG Culture Summit is the main meeting point at global level of cities, local governments and other stakeholders that are committed to the effective implementation of policies and programmes on culture and sustainability. The Culture Summit of Buenos Aires is based on the results of the previous Summits, held in Bilbao in 2015 with the title "Culture and Sustainable Cities", and in jeju in 2017 with the title "Commitments and Actions for Culture in Sustainable Cities".


The Summits show that cities are leading the way in recognizing the absolute necessity of cultural factors as a key dimension of sustainable development. This is why the third UCLG Culture Summit will be called "Culture in Sustainable Development. Cities Lead".


The Summit has two main goals. First the Summit will reinforce the messages about the role that culture plays in sustainable development at the local level, with concrete examples of policies, programmes and projects. In all cities, in the whole world, there are extraordinary initiatives that manage to expand freedoms and improve the lives of people through cultural processes, whether in the field of heritage, creativity, or diversity. The toolkit Culture 21 Actions, approved in 2015 as a continuity of the Agenda 21 for culture, is a very useful frame for local governments, civil society activists and relevant urban actors to fully integrate cultural factors into local sustainable development. Second, the Summit will give visibility to international debates on culture, cities and sustainable development, which are shaped by recent global agreements such as the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (adopted in September 2015), the New Urban Agenda (adopted by the Habitat III Conference in Quito, October 2016) and the Statement of the 2nd World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments (also adopted in Quito, October 2016). In this regard, we should also highlight the report "Towards the Localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals" and the document "Culture in the Sustainable Development Goals. A Guide for Local Action", both recently published by UCLG.


The Summit is a forum for knowledge-sharing, peer-learning and networking among cities and local governments. It expects to gather approximately 500 participants from all world regions. Over three days, the Summit will combine plenary sessions, smaller and thematic parallel sessions, project presentations and networking spaces.


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