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Integrating Heritage into the SDGs – Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable Cities
We are witnessing a historic time of transition in the global community of policy-makers, governments and activists, since the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, and the associated New Urban Agenda in 2016. The 2030 Agenda is an action plan of people, planet, prosperity and partnerships, to address the most pressing problems our world is facing today.
ICOMOS has also responded to this call. As a global non-governmental organization advising UNESCO and working to promote the conservation of cultural heritage sites, ICOMOS is closely engaged with the topic of sustainable development in recent years, having held major scientific events and issued policy documents to highlight the vital role of cultural heritage within the sustainable development process.
This first webinar will provide information on what is the role of cultural heritage in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It will also showcase the critical work of the ICOMOS SDGs Working Group in strengthening efforts to “protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage”, Target 11.4 under SDG11, to “make our cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. The webinar will also provide examples of key partnerships that ICOMOS builds with urban actors, as well as challenges and opportunities in localizing the SDGs from the perspective of culture and cities.
Date: 24 September 2020, Thursday; Time: 12:00 – 13:30 CET
Registration: https://forms.gle/fhkcq7Mi2XmUrKdy6. Zoom links are provided at the completion of registration forms. Members of the SDGWG are encouraged to be part of the zoom calls.
The American Repertory Theater (ART) has been working with the Center for Popular Democracy as a part of their upcoming Transformation 2020 virtual event September 24-26. It’s a national event open to all, but aimed toward building up civic engagement and changemaking capacity for youth (ages 16-23). The ART will be contributing some sessions around their upcoming production of the musical 1776, which re-examines the pivotal moment of our nation’s founding, with a cast that more proudly reflects today’s America. The event will include a number of other workshops, teach-ins, keynotes, and performances. Some of the confirmed speakers include Senator Elizabeth Warren, Activist/Scholar Angela Davis, Fair Fight Action Founder Stacey Abrams, NYT Bestselling Author Ibram X. Kendi, and more.
The ART is putting together a Massachusetts Delegation of local youth, leaders, and educators to participate together in Transformation 2020, including 1,000+ free registrations for Massachusetts Youth. To join the delegation or to receive more information on how to amplify this opportunity, please fill out a short interest survey here.