On December 20, 2013, during its 71st plenary session, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a third resolution on culture and sustainable development (A/RES/68/223). The resolution, which builds on two previous resolutions in the same field (2010 and 2011), was adopted by consensus.
Among the resolution's key points is recognition of the role of culture as a driver of sustainable development and a sustainable mode of production and consumption. Under the resolution UNESCO will continue to support initiatives that make culture a driver of development, and extends efforts in order to evaluate, jointly with member states, the contribution of culture to sustainable development. During the 69th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, to be held September through December 2014, the UN Secretary-General, with support from UNESCO, will present a progress report. The matter is already on the agenda for the 70th session in 2015.
The resolution was adopted following the Hangzhou Declaration, subtitled "Placing Culture at the Heart of Sustainable Development Policies." The General Assembly has taken note of the Declaration's nine recommendations and is inviting members, along with NGOs, UN organizations, and other civil society actors, to keep them in mind when drafting post-2015 programs.
The resolution can be viewed on the website of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
The Hangzhou Declaration was adopted after the Hangzhou International Congress on the theme of "Culture: Key to Sustainable Development." The congress was held in Hangzhou, China, from May 15 to 17, 2013, in response to a UNESCO initiative.