Webinar: Upgrading Culture in Sustainable Development


The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the profound need for culture: people have turned to culture to reinforce the sense of belonging in communities and cities, inventing new forms of participation, recognising what brings us together and creating new meaning and solidarity. The pandemic has also shown the interrelation among cultural policies and policies related to education, gender equity, health, inequalities, urban planning, public spaces and innovation.

To consolidate a dialogue between global cultural civil society networks and local and regional governments in the frame of the UCLG Pact for the Future:

  1. To give visibility to the campaign #culture2030goal and the 2020 Rome Charter
  2. To learn from the narratives, activities and challenges of global cultural networks and cities
  3. To visualise specific examples of work that relate culture and the arts with the SDGs


15.00 – Welcome

  • Emilia Saiz, Secretary General of UCLG
  • Tunç Soyer, Mayor, Izmir
  • Luca Trifone, Director of International Relations, Rome

15.15 – The pandemic and the crisis seen from the global cultural networks of the #culture2030goal campaign
Chair: Octavi de la Varga, Secretary General, Metropolis

  • Nupur Prothi, Board member, ICOMOS - International Council on Monuments and Sites
  • Beat Santschi, President, IFCCD - International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity
  • Victoria Okojie, Nigerian Library Association, and Board member of IFLA - International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
  • Silja Fisher, Secretary General, IMC - International Music Council
  • Pierre Claver Mabiala, President, Arterial Network
  • Tere Badia, Secretary General, Culture Action Europe

16.00 – Presentations from Palaexpo and the three projects of Orchestras of Transformation: artistic projects on culture and the SDGs by collectives and artists in Rome

  • Introduction by Cesare Pietroiusti, President, Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, Rome
  • Judith Wielander, Matteo Lucchetti, Sara Alberani, Valerio Del Baglivo, curators, Orchestras of Transformation

16.20 - The Rome Charter in the UCLG Pact for the Future
Chair: Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General, UCLG-Africa

  • Catarina Vaz-Pinto, Councillor for Culture, Lisbon
  • Mohamed Sadiki, Mayor, Rabat
  • annesa Bohórquez, Secretary for culture, Mexico City
  • Gonzalo Olabarría, Secretary for culture, Bilbao
  • Lorenza Fruci, Secretary for culture, Rome

16.50 – Q&A with participants