Culture is both an enabler and driver of sustainable development, yet it is often viewed as marginal to the development process, outside of the mainstream of economic, political and social policy debates.
Culture treads a different path. Instead of solving social, economic and environmental problems through government or development agency interventions, arts and culture create the space for people to express opinions, explore issues and imagine alternative futures.
Culture and development has been championed by UNESCO, the EU, and a consortium of arts organisations campaigning for culture in the post-2015 agenda, among others. Culture must be included in an innovative, holistic approach to development.
In this session, the challenges of integration, evidence and effectiveness will be debated. A group of Pacific Island women will perform a short theatre piece showcasing their work against violence against women.