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Culture, the creative industry and their impact on reconstruction and resilience - WUF10 (8-13 February 2020, Abu Dhabi, UAE)
10 Feb 2020 -  In post-conflict settings culture can play an important role in fostering shared values and identities and in promoting social cohesion.

Restoring cultural landmarks and places of significance to local communities can contribute to post-conflict reconciliation and enhance unity after crisis.

Indigenous traditional building methods often withstand the impacts of natural disasters better than modern methods, demonstrating the importance of culture as a reference point for developing resilient construction technologies. The arts, architecture and media can contribute reinforce the role of culture in crisis prevention, mitigation and recovery.


This dialogue explores the role of culture in the prevention of urban crisis and promotion of sustainable recovery, and how the creative industries can promote and facilitate this role.

The following are among the case studies which will guide discussions:

The renaissance of pre-conflict culture through the arts, food and youth action in Mogadishu, Somalia demonstrates how culture and creative industries contribute to generating shared identity and strengthening social cohesion.
The concept of cultura ciudadana in Medellin, Colombia demonstrates the role of citizen culture in counter-balancing extreme levels of violence.
An initiative by CBOs, youth and children of Djerba, Tunisia in co-creating public space demonstrates how culture and creativity strengthened cohesion among Jewish, Muslim and Christian residents of this island community at a time of regional political and ethnic tensions. 
The role of culture in natural crisis response and prevention in Kathmandu, Nepal where the recovery of iconic heritage assets was a unifying force, creating a sense of hope and inspiring action, particularly among youth. in Samoa, traditional buildings survived cyclone Evan and are a reference for resilient building approaches.
The dialogue will conclude with a discussion on how culture can be better mainstreamed into urban recovery frameworks and resilience building, and the role of the creative industry in ensuring this.

Guiding Questions:

How can the creative industry promote the role of culture in advancing sustainable recovery and promoting peace after crisis in urban settings? How has the creative industry promoted the role of culture in improving the resilience of communities to natural shocks and potential causes of violence and conflict?
How can the complementary roles of culture and the creative industries be promoted and mainstreamed more effectively into urban recovery and resilience frameworks?