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The Hangzhou Declaration: A New Era of Global Development

At the closing of the Culture: Key to Sustainable Development international congress held in Hangzhou, China, on 15-17 May 2013, the participants adopted the Hangzhou Declaration: Placing Culture at the Heart of Sustainable Development Policies. This was the first international congress to specifically focus on the links between culture and sustainable development since the Stockholm Conference in 1998. As such, the Congress provided the very first global forum to discuss the role of culture in sustainable development in view of the post-2015 development framework.

In light of this, the Hangzhou Declaration calls on governments and policy-makers to give consideration to the following actions to place culture at the core of future policies for sustainable development:

  • Integrate culture within all development policies and programs;
  • Mobilize culture and mutual understanding to foster peace and reconciliation;
  • Ensure cultural rights for all to promote inclusive social development;
  • Leverage culture to reduce poverty and foster inclusive economic development;
  • Build on culture to promote environmental sustainability;
  • Strengthen resilience in the face of disaster and combat climate change through culture;
  • Value, safeguard and transmit culture to future generations;
  • Harness culture as a resource for achieving sustainable urban development and management;
  • Capitalize on culture to foster innovative and sustainable models of cooperation.