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UNESCO BBL - Culture A Key to Sustainable Urban Development

March 68, 2017 | 5:30 PM | World Bank HQ: J 1 - 050 with WebEx connection

   

Culture: A Key to Sustainable Urban Development

   

Thursday, March 9, 2017 || 12:30 - 2:00 pm || Room J 1-050

Description: 

Culture features, for the first time, as a critical element in the international development framework. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN New Urban Agenda both recognize the role of culture for the sustainability of urban development.

As more than half of the world’s population currently live in urban areas, and as it is expected to increase to 70% by 2050, the future of our planet increasingly depends on cities. Culture, through cultural heritage and creativity, is the crosscutting thread that runs through the social, economic and environmental dimensions needed to make them sustainable.

Now is the time to reflect on how to best support national and local governments in achieving the SDGs by harnessing the power of culture.

The UNESCO Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Development, Culture: Urban Future, launched at the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III, Quito, Ecuador, October 2016), analyses the contribution of culture to urban sustainability on both a policy and operational level through a global survey and strategic thematic insights.

Building on the findings of the Global Report, Mr. Francesco Bandarin, Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO, will present a global picture of urban heritage safeguarding, conservation and management, as well as the promotion of cultural and creative industries, through practical case studies that illustrate key challenges and opportunities as well as good practices across the world. Mr. Bandarin will discuss the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by integrating culture into three essential pillars upon which safe, inclusive, resilient and sustainable urban settlements are built: people-centered cities, quality urban environments and integrated policy-making

Chair:

Ede Ijjasz-Vásquez, Senior Director, GSURR, World Bank

Presenter:

Francesco Bandarin, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture

Discussants:

Stephen Morris, Chief, Office of International Affairs, National Park Service

Soraya Goga, Lead Urban Specialist, GSURR, World Bank

Francesco Bandarin is the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture. From 2000 to 2010 he was Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and Secretary of the World Heritage Convention. From 2010 to 2014 he served as Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Culture. In October 2015 he was re-appointed in this position until the end of 2017. In 2014, he was appointed President of the Jury of the Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by Rem Koolhaas and President of the Jury of the First Shenzen Creative Design Award (SCDA). He is President of the Italian Association of Historic Cities (ANCSA), member of the Visiting Committee of the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles and member of the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. His recent publications include: The Historic Urban Landscape: Managing Heritage in an Urban Century, 2012 and Reconnecting the City. The Historic Urban Landscape Approach and the Future of Urban Heritage, 2015, both co-authored with Ron van Oers and published by Wiley-Blackwell.

   

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