Our world is facing a growing number of challenges and uncertainties. As a response, the United Nations General Assembly adopted in September 2015 the ‘’2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’’, with 17 ambitious and universal goals to transform our world.
For the first time, culture was included in the higher agenda and was recognized as a driver of economic, social and environmental development. Culture is at the heart of humanity, shaping human beliefs, hopes and interactions. Through its mission, ICCROM is determined to work towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Among these 17 SDGs, eight are relevant to ICCROM and its mission to provide Member States with the tools, knowledge, skills and enabling environments to preserve cultural heritage in all its forms, for the benefit of all people. Three in particular cut across ICCROM’s programmes:
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 over the world, including developing countries.
Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Over the years, ICCROM has sought to achieve gender balance within its training activities, among both participants and resource persons. In fact, in 2016, ICCROM course participants were 56% male, 46% female – a near perfect split. In the current programme and budget cycle, ICCROM staff will continue to take the same approach to gender equality, for all activities, across all programme areas.
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 will contribute to achieving this SDG in all programme areas. Moreover, ICCROM advisory role in the World Heritage Committee and its efforts to make cities more resilient to natural disaster and conflict will help to reach this SDG.
The five remaining SDGs are more subtly linked to ICCROM’s activities and specific projects: