On April 20, 2020, the Culture 2030 Goal campaign has released A Statement on Culture and the COVID-19 pandemic. Signed by eight international networks, the statement is framed within their ongoing commitment to the 2030 Agenda and the need to ensure that culture contributes to a just recovery and the UN Decade of Action for the SDGs.

Entitled ‘Ensuring culture fulfills its potential in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic’, the statement’s preamble emphasizes:

With the world faced with the COVID-19 pandemic today and the need to rebuild our societies tomorrow, culture should be at the heart of the response. Culture brings inspiration, comfort, and hope into people’s lives. To harness this potential, the Culture 2030 Goal movement, in the context of its engagement in the United Nations 2030 Agenda, calls on UN agencies, governments, and all other stakeholders to act.

Global actors from government, civil society, the private sector, and academia are encouraged to endorse this statement and work together more strategically as this critical decade unfolds.

Additional background, including the recent evaluation of the progress being made towards the SDGs can be found on the United Cities Local Governments, Culture Committee site.

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