2015 is the European Year of Development. The role of culture in contributing to conflict resolution, intercultural dialogue, citizen engagement, rural and urban development, education, training and entrepreneurship, and freedom of expression should be taken into account in parliamentary discussions on the Development Agenda.
The UN Development Millennium Goals (MDGs) are also being reviewed for the post 2015 period, and will be replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Culture is both a driver and enabler of sustainable development and the explicit inclusion of targets and indicators for culture in the SDGs will enable transformative change.
Ban Ki-moon himself stressed that “culture is at the top of this agenda” in the UN, echoing the heads of UNESCO and the UN’s development programme and various civil society organisations. Yet the idea of “culture” in development was largely absent from the MDGs. Judging by the SDGs “Zero Draft”, the same mistake could be made again.
The EU must not lag behind on this issue and must be proactive!
As a member of the Culture & Education Committee, also sitting in the delegation for African Caribbean and Pacific Countries and for Kosovo & Bosnia-Herzegovina, Julie is keen to be very engaged in promoting this aspect of the EU culture policy.
Please sign the petition to integrate culture in the post 2015 development goal here: http://culture2015goal.net/
To read more about Culture in the EU external relations, visit the website of "More Europe", a cultural civic initiative aiming to highlight and reinforce the role of culture in the European Union (EU)’s external relations: http://moreeurope.org/
You can also check the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC)'s views and materials http://www.eunic-online.eu/?q=content/culture-and-development-brochure
Read more about Culture in the UN post-2015 development goals on the website of the Agenda 21 for Culture: http://www.agenda21culture.net/index.php/documents/culture-as-a-goal-in-post-2015
Here is the UNESCO take on Culture as SDG: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/culture-and-development and the Civil Society consultation: https://www.worldwewant2015.org/culture2015