At the dawn of the twenty-first century we know that development can only be “sustainable” if culture is given a central role. Global debates in the 21st century have recognized the importance of cultural diversity in shaping our world. Cultures forge dynamic and interactive relationships between people and their environments. The Middle East and West Asia (MEWA) region dispose a very rich and diverse cultural heritage which is largely under-valued when it comes to development policies.
UCLG-MEWA Committee on Culture is the regional platform of cities, organizations and networks to learn, to cooperate and to launch policies and programmes on the role of culture in sustainable local development.
In cooperation with the Culture Committee of UCLG World Organization, UCLG-MEWA Committee on Culture promotes the implementation of the Culture 21 the guiding document for public cultural policies of UCLG. Through a set of Actions adopted within the 1st UCLG Culture Summit in Bilbao (Spain) we promote knowledge, facilitate the exchange of good practices, and strengthen a global network of effective and innovative cities and local governments.
On the period 2016-2019 UCLG-MEWA Committee on Culture will focus on Heritage Preservation, Sustainable Tourism and Cultural Diversity.