March 16, 2015

The first UCLG Culture Summit will be hosted by the city of Bilbao (Basque Country, Spain) from 18-20 March 2015 with the title “Culture and sustainable cities”. The UCLG Culture Summit is a new event to promote knowledge-sharing and networking between cities and local governments, recognizing the important place of culture in sustainable cities. It envisages gathering together all key stakeholders in the promotion of cultural policies, with special emphasis on cities, local governments, and urban actors.


The highlight of the first UCLG Culture Summit will be the presentation of “Culture 21: Actions”, a document that builds on the Agenda 21 for culture and makes a strong link between culture and sustainable development, while providing guides for self-assessment and implementation. “Culture 21: Actions” recommends further expertise, peer-learning, and exchanges.


The UCLG Culture Summit is oriented towards creating a full global learning experience among participants. It will feature good practices of Agenda 21 for culture and will showcase the best projects of the first edition of the “International Award UCLG - Mexico City – Culture 21”. Additionally, the results of the Pilot Cities programme will be presented. The Summit will also connect the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda and culture, building on the work carried out in the process of defining the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly #culture2015goal and #UrbanSDG. It will also be an occasion for exchange with the international community and UN Agencies, as well as civil society organizations.


Save the date of the UCLG Culture Summit in your diary (18-20 March 2015). 
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Register as soon as possible (participation is limited to around 250 participants).


Background document: Bilbao 2015, UCLG Culture Summit