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The Tracker Culture & Public Policy | Issue 13


This monthly Tracker is produced by UNESCO to monitor culture in public policy with regards to the UN Sustainable Development Agenda. It highlights developments within national and regional contexts, as well as emerging debates on culture's contribution to sustainable development. Drawing on a variety of sources, it provides a broad overview of cultural policy trends worldwide at the national, regional and international level and looks at ways in which countries integrate culture into other policy areas.


Cities are a privileged ground for the exercise and recognition or cultural diversity, a critical endeavor in increasingly fragmented societies. Cities are also laboratories to harness culture to nurture societies' resilience and well being, and underpin environmental sustainability.

Cutting Edge this month explores the evolution of policies conducted by cities to maximise the power of urban heritage and creativity in addressing contemporary economic, social and urban challenges.

Cultural Policy Highlights contains the latest cultural policy innovations from around the world, including related to sustainable cities, whilst the Regional Perspectives section includes updates on regional processes.

The Culture in the Agenda 2030 rubric covers how Member States' urban policies and culture are linked in Voluntary National Reviews, along with an introduction to the new UNESCO-led Interagency Platform on Culture for Sustainable Development.