Towards Daejeon 2022: Cultural rights are key to shaping the future of sustainable development and post-2030 strategies


On next 10-14 October 2022, United Cities and Local Governments – UCLG will hold its 7th Congress of Local and Regional Leaders and World Summit in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, where the UCLG Pact for the Future will be approved, for the People, for the Planet, for the Government.

The Congress will host a special session, “The Future of Cultural Rights Shaping the New Sustainable Development”, organised by the UCLG Committee on Culture with the aim to convey how cities and cultural organisations around the world are leading the way to sustainable development with culture as a main component and from a rights-based approach. The session will be closely connected to the efforts of the Committee on Culture to mainstream the central role of culture to localise and deliver the 2030 Agenda, and to achieve a Culture Goal in the post2030 Agenda.

Towards this essential and unprecedented meeting, aligned with the aforementioned special session and in the context of the implementation of global agendas on culture and cultural policies, the Committee on Culture has also been involved in the organisation of other several activities and events, which can be seen as important milestones in positioning culture as a key trigger of development.

In particular, the Committee on Culture will take part into the UNESCO Global Conference on Cultural Policies, Mondiacult, organised 40 years after the first Conference of this kind, in Mexico City from 28 to 30 September. The Conference will include the side-event “Scale Matters: Cities upfront for Cultural Rights, organised by the UCLG Committee on Culture and the World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF) on next 28 September 2022 (14:00-15:00 local time) in Los Pinos, followed by the side-event “From Policy to Practice: The Role of Culture in the 2030 Agenda and Beyond“, organised by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the University of Toronto, Arterial Network, Culture Action Europe, ICOMOS, IFCCD, IFLA, IMC and the UCLG Committee on Culture on the same day from 15:00-16:00 local time also in Los Pinos.

Additionally, on 27 September 2022 (18:00-20:00 local time), the Committee on Culture will organise, together with Mexico City, the Awarding Ceremony of the International Award UCLG – Mexico City – Culture 21 as well as a Dialogue on Cultural Rights in the Cities, in the Teatro de la Ciudad ‘Esperanza Iris’.

Last but not least, the Committee on Culture, together with the #culture2030goal campaign, and with the support of the Colegio de San Ildefonso and the City of Mexico, will organise a special event where a pioneering document will allow to introduce a proposal for an explicit Goal dedicated to Culture in the post-2030 sustainable development agenda and frameworks. The event will take place on 27 September 2022 from 14:00-17:00 local time, at the Colegio de San Ildefonso in Mexico City.