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The members of United Cities and Local Governments share the vision that culture is the fourth pillar of sustainable development

The Executive Bureau of UCLG, approved the Policy Statement on culture as the fourth pillar of sustainable development on November 17, 2010 during the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders 3rd World Congress of UCLG held in Mexico.

It reads in part:

"Recalling UNESCO's Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, UNESCO's Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, and Agenda 21 for Culture; [...]

The members of United Cities and Local Governments share the vision that culture is the fourth pillar of sustainable development.

United Cities and Local Governments calls on cities and local and regional governments around the world to:

  • Integrate the dimension of culture into their development policies;
  • Develop a solid cultural policy;
  • Include a cultural dimension in all public policies;
  • Promote the idea of culture as the fourth pillar internationally, in particular in international policy making.

United Cities and Local Governments calls on nationalgovernments to:

  • Bring a cultural perspective to national development plans as a whole;
  • Establish concrete objectives and actions concerning culture in areas such as education, the economy, science, communication, environment, social cohesion and international cooperation;
  • Promote the idea of culture as the fourth pillar internationally, in particular in international policy making.

United Cities and Local Governments calls on the United Nations, development agencies and the international community to:

  • Promote the idea of culture as the fourth pillar internationally, in particular in international policy making.
  • Explicitly integrate culture into programmes on sustainabledevelopment;
  • Promote the international debate on the implications of the inclusion of culture as fourth pillar of development;
  • Foster the inclusion of culture in international policy making."

The full text is available in English, French and Spanish on the Agenda 21 website.

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