Excerpt from UCLG Policy Statement on culture: United Cities and Local Governments

The members of United Cities and Local Governments share the vision that culture is the fourth pillar of sustainable development.
United Cities and Local Governments calls on cities and local and regional governments around the world to:

  • integrate the dimension of culture into their development policies;
  • develop a solid cultural policy;
  • include a cultural dimension in all public policies;
  • promote the idea of culture as the fourth pillar internationally, in particular in international policy making.

United Cities and Local Governments calls on national governments to:

  • bring a cultural perspective to national development plans as a whole;
  • establish concrete objectives and actions concerning culture in areas such as education, the economy, science, communication, environment, social cohesion and international cooperation;
  • promote the idea of culture as the fourth pillar internationally, in particular in international policy making.

United Cities and Local Governments calls on the United Nations, development agencies and the international community to:

  • explicitly integrate culture into programmes on sustainable development;
  • promote the international debate on the implications of the inclusion of culture as fourth pillar of development;
  • foster the inclusion of culture in international policy making.

Find out more about the UCLG Policy Statement on Culture on these websites:
Agenda 21
United Cities & Local Governments
Download the PDF: Fourth Pillar UCLG Policy Statement