Regional Perspectives | Europe and North America

The Council of the European Union has approved conclusions reaffirming the EU's strong commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which continues to guide the EU internally and externally to build back better and greener. The document “A Comprehensive Approach to Accelerate the Implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – building back better from the COVID-19 crisis” explicitly recognises the contribution of culture and of the cultural sector to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Six countries of South East Europe have started rolling out the UNESCO Thematic Indicators for Culture in the 2030 Agenda (Culture|2030 Indicators) to monitor the progress of culture’s contribution to the national and local implementation of the SDGs. The proposed indicators will evaluate the level of commitment of public authorities and institutions in integrating and leveraging cultural knowledge to foster respect and appreciation of cultural diversity, as well as to assess the contribution of culture in building social cohesion, fostering inclusion and cultural participation. They will be implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania and Serbia, with support from UNESCO’s Sarajevo Antenna office.
A report on the "Status & Working Conditions for Artists, Cultural and Creative Professionals" has been published following a brainstorming meeting that took place in April this year between the European Commission and civil society actors of the cultural sector. The report highlights how COVID-19 has exposed weaknesses of the sector and proposes recommendations.
The Network of European Museum Organizations (NEMO) has updated its interactive map of museum re-openings to show that all countries across Europe included in the map allow museums to be open, following Italy’s official announcement on 21 June 2021.