UCLG Committee on Culture – Rio+20, Your involvement, now



Since its birth, the Committee on Culture of UCLG has advocated to consider culture as a key element of sustainability. Rio+20 has been a priority target for the last two years.


The zero draft of the outcome document of Rio+20 Conference was released on 10 January 2012. The zero-draft has been named “The future we want” and is available here: http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.html. This document is based on the contributions from States, international organizations and stakeholders, including local authorities and UCLG. Paragraph 16 refers to the importance of culture for sustainable development and several paragraphs refer to the role of cities and local governments.


The World Secretariat of UCLG has been able to write several amendments to the zero-draft. You can find these amendments here:


hese amendments aim to guarantee that the outcome document gives a key role to local governments and better reflects the importance of culture for sustainable development.


Continuous advocacy is necessary. Your involvement is important. You will find a model letter (here: http://www.cities-localgovernments.org/upload/docs/docs_en_telechargements/C_2_2012_ENG_Model_Letter.doc). We kindly ask you to adapt it to your condition and we invite you to use it to advocate before your national delegation to Rio+20 and other partners.


UCLG will hold two important meetings in the city of Rio de Janeiro on the days before the conference: the UCLG Executive Bureau and a one day event on sustainable development issues. We will keep you informed and involved.


Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat of the Committee:[email protected] and +34 933 161 009.