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Why Must Culture be at the Heart of Sustainable Urban Development?

By Nancy Duxbury, Jyoti Hosagrahar, and Jordi Pascual, United Cities and Local Governments - Committee on Culture, 2016, 42 pages

A new policy paper on Why Must Culture be at the Heart of Sustainable Urban Development? published by the United Cities and Local Governments - Committee on Culture was commissioned within the framework of the implementation of Agenda 21 for culture and Culture 21 Actions, and it contributes to the activities of the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments for Post - 2015 Development Agenda towards Habitat III (2016). It proposes ways to integrate and operationalize culture in the sustainable development of cities, and aims to identify pathways to include culture in integrated sustainability planning and implementation processes.

This policy paper has two parts. Part I aims to identify narratives, myths, and challenges, providing constructive and positive counter-narratives and recommendations, while Part II outlines different policies and practices that local governments can use to support culture as a driver and an enabler of sustainable development in cities. Proposals and recommendations are based on identified problems and a review of good examples of local policy practices on all continents, illustrated through a series of examples of ways to successfully operationalize culture in urban sustainable development.

The publication is available online at: www.agenda21culture.net/images/a21c/articles/documentos/Culture_SD_cities_web.pdf