United Nations recognizes the role of culture for development

On 20 December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on culture and development, which emphasizes the important contribution of culture for sustainable development and for the achievement of national and international development objectives, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). http://tinyurl.com/7b5zeah

Paragraph 16 of the final declaration emphasizes “the importance of culture for development and its contribution to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals”. And paragraph 66 affirms that “the cultural dimension is important for development. We encourage international cooperation in the cultural field, aimed at achieving development objectives”. http://www.un.org/en/mdg/summit2010/pdf/mdg%20outcome%20document.pdf

These principles were already enshrined in the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The UNESCO Convention, which entered into force in March 2007, highlights the dual nature of culture as a value in its own right and as a tool for economic progress, whilst preserving its unique character which means that it may not be considered in the same manner as any other good, and formalises the decision taken by the international environment propitious to the development of cultural and creative expressions and activities. http://tinyurl.com/qm4e9y