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High-level event on “Culture and Sustainable Development”

21 May 2021 – Throughout lockdowns all over the world, artists and cultural professionals were essential workers – for our well-being. Online concerts, music, film, books, art classes, and dance gave us the strength and the resilience we needed to face an uncertain tomorrow. And despite all of this, we are experiencing a cultural emergency, today, with millions of creative workers and artist unemployed or underemployed.

(Part 1) – General Assembly, 75th session

In accordance with the General Assembly Resolution 74/230, the President of the General Assembly will convene a one-day high-level event on Culture and Sustainable Development in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This event, which will be held on Friday 21 May 2021, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, will highlight the resilient and transformative role of culture as an accelerator of SDG implementation, as well as the challenges within the cultural and creative industries and the broader cultural ecosystem that were exposed and exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.

(Part 2) – General Assembly, 75th session.

Its overall theme shall be “Building back better: towards a more resilient and impactful culture sector throughout COVID-19 and The Decade of Action”. It will, inter alia, provide the opportunity for Member States to share experiences on crisis-response measures to support the creative economy during the pandemic; identify implementation gaps and solutions; and call for strengthening strategic cross-sectoral partnerships to unlock the transformative potential of culture in the recovery context and throughout the Decade of Action.

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