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“Culture shapes the way we see the world. It therefore has the capacity to bring about the change of attitudes needed to ensure peace and sustainable development which, we know, form the only possible way forward for life on planet Earth.” [Source: Preface, World Culture Report, UNESCO Publishing, Paris, 1999]
What Transforming our World – Agenda 2030 says about culture

In the declaration (#36) governments commit to “foster intercultural understanding, tolerance, mutual respect and an ethic of global citizenship and shared responsibility. We acknowledge the natural and cultural diversity of the world and recognize that all cultures and civilizations can contribute to, and are crucial enablers of, sustainable development”.

Under SDG-4, target 4.7 is: “By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including… ….promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.”

Share your experience and ideas:

  • What do you understand by ‘culture’?
  • What, to you, is the relationship between culture and sustainable living?
  • How does culture influence – positively or negatively – the possibility of progress towards the SDGs and the general well-being of people and our planet? (Please provide practical examples)
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