MONDIACULT 2022 | From Policy to Practice: The role of culture in the 2030 Agenda and beyond

Canadian Commission Test 2


Organizer(s): Culture 2030 Goal and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO

Date: 28 September 2022, 3 - 4 p.m.

Venue: Los Pinos, Cencalli, second floor 

Focal point : Mr Paolo Granata, Associate Professor in Book and Media Studies at St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto,

The world is vast, diverse and complex. Thus, there is room for diverse contributions to achieve the SDGs and all governments have a role to play in accelerating this process. The Culture 2030 Goal Coalition and the National Commission of Canada aim to raise awareness on culture's agency to accelerate sustainable development. To contribute to a better understanding of the linkages between policy and practice, this side event will present two outcomes:

  • On the policy side, a Zero-draft of a future Culture Goal, prepared by major global cultural networks - forming the Culture 2030 Goal Campaign. The draft allows for a new focus to ensure that culture is placed at the heart of development planning.
  • In terms of practice, a new toolkit, developed by a working group convened by the Canadian National Commission for UNESCO, that acts as a practical guide to the SDGs for Cultural Institutions and Organizations in Canada.

These two outcomes will serve as a springboard for a discussion about what objectives cultural policies should include, how to articulate them in the context of a broader development agenda, and how such policies will support cultural actors on a practical level.

Agenda and List of Speakers

  • 3:00 Opening Remarks
  • 3:05 Presentation of Zero-draft of a future Culture Goal.
  • 3:20 Presentation of #CultureForSDGs Toolkit
  • 3:35 Discussion
  • 3:55 Closing Remarks


  •  Ivana Otasevic, Université Laval (opening remarks)
  •  Barbara Filion, Canadian Commission for Unesco (#CultureForSDGs Toolkit)
  • Paolo Granata, University of Toronto (#CultureForSDGs Toolkit)
  • John Crowley, Independent Consultant (Zero-draft of a future Culture Goal)
  • Mme Alexandra Xanthaki, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights (closing remarks)


  • Jordi Pascual, Coordinator, UCLG Culture Committee
  • Silja Fischer, Secretary General, International Music Council
  • Tere Badia, Secretary General, Culture Action Europe
  • Gabe Caballero, SDGs Coordinator, International Council on Monuments and Sites
  • Claire McGuire, Policy and Advocacy Officer, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
  • Marie-Julie Desrochers, Secretary General, International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity
  • Melita Matsinhe, Vice President, Arterial Network

Sponsor Organizations

  • Canadian National Commission for UNESCO
  • International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity
  • Arterial Network
  • International Music Council
  • International Council on Monuments and Sites
  • Culture 21 UCLG Culture Committee
  • International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
  • Culture Action Europe


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