7-8 JUNE 2017 / Tour & Taxis / Brussels

Culture in the spotlight: Innovative approaches to sustainable development

Culture in the spotlight: Innovative approaches to sustainable development

Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 12:30 to 13:45

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.

    Damien Helly
    Deputy Head of Programme, Strengthening European External Action
    European Centre for Development Policy Management
    Alma Salem
    Regional Arts Programme Manager, MENA, British Council
    Gerardo Patacconi
    Unit Chief, Clusters and Business Linkages, UNIDO
    Ingrid Leary
    Director New Zealand, British Council
    Lotte Knudsen
    Managing Director Human rights, global and multilateral issues
    European External Action Service
    Elsebeth Krogh
    CEO/Director, Centre for Culture and Development, Denmark