The cultural community globally has acknowledged the importance of culture for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and is campaigning and advocating for the role of culture in development agendas since 2013. A strategic approach to international cultural relations is part of these strategies and needs concrete actions for its implementation. It should entail a bottom-up perspective, encourage people-to-people contacts and promote intercultural dialogue.
The Council Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022 recognises “International Cultural Relations” as one of its priorities. This includes, for example, the cultural dimension of sustainable development (e.g. culture as a pillar of development), bilateral and multilateral trade in cultural goods and services, cultural diplomacy, patterns and trends of cultural cooperation between the EU and developed and emerging countries, and issues of governance in international cultural relations.
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