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(Part 2) General Assembly: High-Level event on Culture and Sustainable Development on the occasion of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
21 May 2019 -  Panel I: Culture and education: the foundations of sustainability. This panel will focus on the culture and education nexus. Education is a key to social change, and a catalyst for achieving most of the SDGs when curricula are adapted to local environments. When mainstreamed in education, culture builds confidence and encourages dialogue; it equips youth to engage in a multicultural society, helps them to achieve better educational results, and leads them to acquire a broader and more diverse range of skills and competences. Culture is also a powerful agent fostering non-formal education and lifelong learning.
Panel II: Culture as a lever of change, innovation, empowerment, equality. This panel will discuss ways in which culture helps eradicating both the social and economic aspects of poverty, increasing the impact on local development by adapting to local realities and needs. It will also illustrate examples of cultural innovation, diversifying and expanding the economy. The discussion will further highlight ways in which culture provides economic opportunities, helping achieving women’s empowerment and furthermore transforming public spaces into places of dialogue- reducing inequalities and fostering social inclusion.

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The transformative power of culture for social inclusion, resilience and sustainable development is increasingly recognized as a key enabler for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development marked a major turning point in global efforts to address development challenges and opportunities, as the local authorities and communities take an increasingly important role in this global momentum alongside international and national actors and other relevant stakeholders. Culture is also an essential component of human development, representing a source of identity, innovation and creativity for all, it provides sustainable solutions to local and global challenges.
In accordance with General Assembly Resolution 72/229 on “Culture and Sustainable Development”, the President of the General Assembly will convene a one-day high-level thematic debate on this important topic, in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The debate will focus on the contribution of culture to the achievement of the sustainable development goals from the national, regional and international perspectives, building on national experiences, existing policies and frameworks and cooperation. The debate will also mark two important United Nations milestones, which acknowledge the importance of cultural diversity and recognize the critical contribution of indigenous cultures to sustainable development. In this context, the debate on 21 May 2019 will also mark the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (21 May) and the International Year of Indigenous Languages (2019).
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