The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) is the global network of arts councils and ministries of culture, with member institutions in over 70 countries. IFACCA envisions a world in which arts and culture thrive and are recognized by governments and peoples for their contribution to society. The IFACCA Secretariat provides services, information and resources to member institutions and their staff – from senior executives and policy makers, to researchers, grant makers and administrators – as well as the wider cultural community.
In this newly created role, I oversaw the development of IFACCA’s new knowledge and data strategy designed to facilitate collaborative learning and adaptive capacity building across this global network. In parallel, I prepared original research on the impact of global migration and forced displacement on artists as well as the discussion paper and companion report for the 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture.
The 2nd UCLG Culture Summit will take place May 10-13, 2017 in Province of Jeju, Republic of Korea. The Summit is the leading annual convening for municipal governments and key stakeholder groups concerned with advancing the essential role of culture in sustainable development. I will participate in an interactive panel that will examine different approaches to evaluating cultural aspects of sustainable development.
Entitled “Commitments and Actions for Culture in Sustainable Cities,” the 2nd UCLG Culture Summit will respond to the growing importance given to the nexus of culture, cities and sustainable development by international organizations and frameworks by focusing on the following themes:
Implementing Culture 21 Actions: How are cities in different world regions working to fully integrate culture in their sustainable development strategies, programs, and projects? What progress can we observe? What are the challenges?
Towards a Global Culture 2030 Goal: The Summit will review progress made towards the goals outlined in the UN 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda and identify critical steps to strengthen global knowledge on culture and sustainable development long-term.
Cultural Rights and Local Alliances for Culture: Participants will learning from emerging efforts around the world to advance cultural rights and inclusive practices. Around the world, many cities have established participatory models of local governance have integrated cultural practices into sustainable development. Internationally, progress in the field of cultural rights is also being made by the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights, who will present current research at the 2017 Summit.