The Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum

In many respects, culture can be regarded as the fourth pillar of sustainable development.1 The 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda have placed culture at the forefront of current debates on urbanization. Culture and cultural diversity are sources of enrichment, grounded in human rights principles and therefore provide an important contribution to the sustainable development of urban areas.2 Today, the notion of culture – understood3 in its broad sense of knowledge, art, belief, capabilities, habits, morals and behaviors – plays a key role in city growth more than ever before. The cultural diversity of cities that fosters inclusivity, tolerance and participation, is therefore widely viewed as a social asset, which can be harnessed in a variety of ways. Urban areas contain the cultural diversity, creative capital, vitality, social infrastructure and career choices to help attract the skills and talent required to generate and maximize this knowledge. 

Source: WUF 

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