The Culture Committee of the UCLG is the global platform of cities, organizations and networks to learn, to cooperate and to launch policies and programmes on the role of culture in sustainable development.
UCLG adopted the Agenda 21 for Culture in 2004 to enshrine the commitment of local and regional governments from across the world to human rights, cultural diversity, sustainability, participatory democracy and creating conditions for peace.
In 2015, UCLG approved Culture 21 Actions, a toolkit with 9 Commitments and 100 Actions: it is the most complete and practical document on the relation between culture and sustainable development in cities and allows self-evaluation, policy innovation and peer-learning.
The mission of the Culture Committee of UCLG is “to promote culture as the fourth pillar of sustainable development through the international dissemination and the local implementation of Agenda 21 for Culture”.
The Culture Committee organises an International Award on Cultural Policies and convenes the global Summit on Culture every two years. It runs programmes to support the elaboration and implementation of cultural policies (Leading Cities, Pilot Cities, Culture 21 Lab and the Seven Keys) and has an advocacy campaign to promote culture in the UN Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Culture Committee supports the exchange of experiences and improves mutual learning in order to analyse global cultural issues and convey the key messages of cities and local and regional governments.
The Committee also hosts a database of good practices on "culture in sustainable cities”.