New European Commission report confirms the contribution of culture to SDGs

New European Commission report confirms the contribution of culture to SDGs

Last 9 December, the EU Commission issued a new report on the cultural dimension of sustainable development in EU actions, that resonates with ENCATC's strong green commitments, reflected in our next Academy to be held next spring! 

An ambitious report

This document represents the Commission’s response to the call by the Council for an action plan to address the cultural dimension of sustainable development. In the report, the Commission addresses all the policy fields relating to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Within the field of cultural policy itself, the EU actions are found to directly contribute to all dimensions of the SDGs.

The report goes beyond giving an overview of EU’s current policies, to provide an insightful look on the strategic initiatives the Commission intends to undertake in the upcoming period. Here is an overview of these are for what regards cultural management and policy:

  • Possible Commission initiative on an EU strategic framework for culture, following up on the Council’s invitation in the EU Work Plan for Culture 2023-2026;
  • EU study on greening the Creative Europe programme, to be published in 2023;
  • Annual report on progress in implementing the Concept on cultural heritage in conflicts and crises: A component for peace and security in European Union’s external action, and the dedicated Council Conclusions;
  • EU as Guest of Honour at Guadalajara International Book Fair, 25 November - 3 December 2023, will feature culture and sustainable development as one thematic focus;
  • Training for skills development foreseen for audiovisual professionals to assess and set out green productions. Greening is also a pillar of the Europa Cinemas network which will support innovative projects among mini networks of cinemas to promote sustainability in the exhibition sector.

The strong resonance with ENCATC's green trajectory

The Commission's report strongly resonates with ENCATC's longstanding green pathway, that materializes through a vast array of actions the organization takes within the framework of its Green Policy. From the many sustainability-oriented initiatives ENCATC undertakes on a yearly basis, the Academy is certainly the most remarkable. Last week we launched the 2023 edition of this event, that will take place from 24-27 April 2023 in the inspiring setting of Santander, on Spain's west coast. The programme of this rich learning and sharing opportunity is available here.

Similar to the Commission's broad understanding of culture's pervasiveness in all areas of EU action towards sustainability, the 2023 ENCATC Academy adopts an all-encompassing approach in the form of a paradigm change it will propose its participants to acquire in order to achieve deep and lasting sustainability shifts in their commitments as academics, artists, policymakers, practicioners and researchers. You can read the Academy's press release here, and learn more here about the event and the open pre-registration process (registrations already open for ENCATC members with a 30% saving).

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