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Culture as an imperative for Transformative Post 2015 Development

Agenda: A New Era-Embracing the SDGs

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In October 2005 until the submission of the first periodic reports in 2012 and 2013, the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions has achieved many milestones at the national and global levels. With the ratification by 134 Parties, the 2005 Convention provides a framework to forge new pathways that encourage creativity and innovation in the pursuit of inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth and development. The year 2015 offers opportunities to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Convention and create new momentum towards its full implementation as the premier global positioning system for development.

 With the Millennium Development Goals ending by Dec 2015, efforts had been geared towards ideas and contribution to the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. In the various thoughts and suggestions on the world direction, consideration are strongly geared towards best initiatives and practices suitable for growth and development.

 In December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Resolution on Culture and Sustainable Development A/RES/68/223 with due consideration given to the role of culture and sustainable development in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda. This resolution built on two previous resolutions, adopted in 2010 (A/RES/65/166) and 2011 (A/RES/66/208) respectively, and represents an important breakthrough for culture in the development agenda and the linkages with the three pillars of sustainable development with acknowledgment on the contribution of culture to inclusive economic development, cultural heritage, cultural and creative industries, sustainable cultural arts and tourism; and cultural infrastructure as sources of income generation and job creation, at the community level. The overriding outcome is improving living conditions and fostering community-based economic growth, development and contribution to empowering individuals.

 The UN President of General Assembly Mr. Sam Kutesa in December 2014, launched the Decade of People of African Descent where emphasis was rekindled on recognition, justice and development without mention of cultural recognition, cultural laws and policies needed for justice and bringing creative economy through cultural developments. Working groups have held dialogues, high level discussions on the place of culture to sustainable development, yet with the release of the 17 SDGs and 169 Target, relevance was not given to culture and its place in the forthcoming acclaimed Sustainable Development Goals.

 Cultures across the continent are foundation elements for development and growth with significant contribution to inclusive social development, including local communities and Indigenous peoples, respect for cultural diversity, safeguarding cultural and natural heritage, fostering cultural institutions and strengthening of cultural and creative industries. Culture also contributes to environmental sustainability, cultural and biological diversity, natural heritage while supporting traditional systems of environmental protection and resource management.

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