"Amplifying the Voices of Artists and Cultural Workers for Sustainable Development"

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Eduardo Kobra's Mural at the United Nations for the 77th General Assembly. Photo Credit: Eduardo Kobra

About the Arts & Culture Working Group

Who Are We?

The Arts & Culture Working Group is an autonomous, self-coordinated, and dynamic stakeholder assembly dedicated to championing sustainable development through the transformative power of arts and culture. Rooted in the belief that creativity is an essential catalyst for progress, we serve as a vital conduit between the realms of artistic expression and the complex tapestry of global health and development initiatives.

What Do We Do?

At the global level, we foster artist representation, artistic collaborations, and cultural diplomacy to foster a shared global consciousness. Regionally and nationally, we engage with communities, artists, and cultural practitioners to harness the creative spirit for local development, social cohesion, and empowerment. We are tireless advocates for the arts and culture practitioners as legitimate stakeholders for sustainable development, recognizing their ability to transcend language, transcend borders, and inspire change.

Our Priorities

Our top priority at the Arts & Culture Working Group is to integrate artists' and cultural workers' voices - particularly those from the informal sector - into sustainable development. We strive to highlight the powerful role of arts and culture in fostering equity, resilience, and prosperity on a global scale. Our mission is to promote artist representation and infuse the essence of cultural diversity and artistic expression into the core of sustainable development, recognizing the potential for transformative change through creativity.

Amplifying Creative Voices

We will provide a platform for diverse artists, cultural practitioners, and creative thinkers to raise their voices on critical sustainability issues, fostering innovative solutions and generating new perspectives through the arts.

Cultural Integration in Policy

We will actively advocate for the inclusion of arts and cultural voices within the framework of sustainable development policies at all levels, particularly the HLPF through the MGoS-CM (Major Groups and Other Stakeholders Coordinating Mechanism.)

Global Cultural Exchange

We will facilitate cross-cultural exchanges, promoting dialogue, understanding, and collaboration among diverse communities worldwide, harnessing the universal language of the arts to bridge divides and forge a more harmonious, sustainable world.

Lend Your Voice to the

UNCS Arts, Culture & Faith-based Solutions ImPACT Coalition

The Arts & Culture Working Group is co-convening the United Nations Civil Society Arts, Culture and Faith-based Solutions ImPACT Coalition for the UN Civil Society Conference, leading up to the Summit of the Future.

How can we create a just, inclusive, and sustainable environment for creative practitioners to join the climate action movement? Check out our inaugural report launched during COP28 in Dubai.

🌟 Calling all Arts and Culture for Good Leaders! 🌟

Are you passionate about leveraging the power of arts and culture to drive positive change in our world?

We're on a mission to amplify the voices of artists and cultural workers in UN processes on sustainable development.

To achieve this, we're seeking dedicated individuals to join us as Regional Operating Partners and Task Force Committee Leaders!

Our Next Moves

As we prepare to seek accreditation as a formal MGoS, here are a few events where the Arts & Culture Working Group will have a presence:

UN Civil Society Conference

As a leadup to the Summit of the Future, the UN is holding it's 2024 Civil Society Conference in Nairobi, Kenya - the first time on the African continent - from 9-10 May 2024.

World Health Assembly (WHA77)

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The WHA77 will take place between 27 May - 1 June 2024 in Geneva, Switzerland.

AI for Good Summit

The AI for Good Global Summit is the leading action-oriented United Nations platform promoting AI to advance health, climate, gender, inclusive prosperity, sustainable infrastructure, and other global development priorities. It will take place 30-31 May 2024 in Geneva, Switzerland.

"Art is one of the most powerful ways we can express our humanity and forge bonds with one another. By bringing us together, a work of art can make us more tolerant of our differences."

United Nations Secretary-General

António Guterres

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