Through its mission, ICCROM is determined to work towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as a commitment to the fact that cultural heritage conservation is fundamental for sustainable development.
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Cultural heritage is essential to the health and identity of communities. As such, engagement with heritage in all its forms has a positive impact on quality of life. ICCROM in all its programmes promotes access to heritage of all types and celebrates its value for the well-being of individuals and communities now and in the future.
Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Capacity building, including professional training, is one of ICCROM’s key priorities and signature activities. ICCROM thus contributes to the achievement of this SDG through its courses, which provide opportunities for lifelong learning and professional development for participants from around the world, and in particular developing countries. Activities in the current strategic cycle are also oriented towards engaging youth in learning opportunities for career growth in cultural heritage.
Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
ICCROM contributes to gender equality and women’s empowerment by ensuring balance in all of its activities. It is firmly committed to capacity development of women at all stages of their careers, and their professional participation in the cultural heritage sector.
Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
ICCROM advocates for cultural heritage conservation as a means of supporting and promoting sustainable tourism, especially through its World Heritage activities, as well as the creation of jobs and promotion of local crafts and cultural products.
Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Through its capacity building programmes and research activities, ICCROM works to improve capabilities by promoting innovative approaches and viewpoints to heritage conservation and advocating for stronger support for science in heritage. At the same time, ICCROM also promotes the sustainable use of heritage for economic innovation.
Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, and in particular, Target 11.4: Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage
ICCROM contributes to achieving this SDG through all its programmes. In particular, ICCROM’s advisory role in the World Heritage Committee, its work on linking cultural and natural heritage, and its flagship programme on disaster risk management are oriented towards this SDG.
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Through its activities in disaster risk management, ICCROM promotes cultural heritage as a means of creating resilience in communities that are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. This includes integrating traditional knowledge systems as a means of prevention and mitigation, advocating for heritage within national policies as a tool of resilience, and promoting adaptive reuse of heritage buildings to cut carbon emissions. At the same time, through its programmes, ICCROM also addresses the vulnerability of cultural heritage due to climate change.
Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
ICCROM’s motto, “Conserving Culture, Promoting Diversity” has at its very core the idea that decision-making at all levels must be inclusive and participatory. ICCROM promotes diversity in its approach to conservation and knowledge sharing through people-centred approaches and respect for all types and ideas of heritage.
Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
ICCROM promotes innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships (ranging from governments, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, private enterprises and communities worldwide) to implement and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable heritage preservation. Through capacity building and scientific cooperation, it promotes access to knowledge, paying particular attention to developing countries.