Rio+20 and culture: Advocating for Culture as a Pillar of Sustainability


This report from UCLG’s Committee of Culture is a summary of the strategy that the Committee developed in 2010-2012 to influence the process towards the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) which took place in Rio de Janeiro on 20-22 June 2012. The report analyses in detail the Outcome Document of Rio+20, and explains why it is insufficient.

The gap between development frameworks and cultural actors is still big. A critical mass of actors (in the UN System, at a national level, in the civil society) that explicitly advocate for the role of culture in sustainable development does not yet exist. But, the report says, Rio+20 was useful to better connect actors, to better align their strategies, and to agree on the new opportunities to continue the discussion: the post-2015 Development Agenda of United Nations and Habitat III.

Download the report here.