CAE statement on the European approach to Sustainable Development and the Agenda 2030

CAE has published the following statement on July 7, 2017:

A sustainable future can be achieved with a fundamental cultural change

In this crucial moment when the Agenda 2030 is being adapted to the European dimension, Culture Action Europe:

  1. Praises the forward-looking vision of the European Parliament (EP), the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), which have recognised the fundamental role of culture in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
    Welcomes the recognition of the Parliament and the EESC of the role of culture in external relations and development policy.
  2. Endorses the Parliament’s call for proper support for cultural institutions and organisations in delivering on the SDGs.
  3. Strongly supports the Parliament’s call to make culture an integral part of the Commission’s action for sustainability. Welcomes the recognition of the role of culture in promoting economic development, job creation, wellbeing, promoting democracy, social justice and solidarity, fostering cohesion, fighting social exclusion, poverty and generational and demographic disparities. Therefore, joins the Parliament in stressing the urgent need to mainstream culture in the objectives, definitions, tools and evaluation criteria of the Commission’s SDG strategy.
  4. Reiterates its disappointment with the European Commission’s Communication on the next steps for a sustainable European future as it represents a missed opportunity to recognise the fundamental role of culture in driving sustainable development. Yet, acknowledges that the Staff working document accompanying the Communication represents a first approach to develop European action in the field of culture and sustainability.
  5. Stresses the need to perform a sound gap analysis that takes culture into consideration in the second working strand developing the EU’s long-term vision and the focus of sectoral policies after 2020.
    Remains concerned about the lack of recognition, on the part of the Council, of culture as a key driver for the EU response to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: a sustainable European future can only be reached with a full understanding and meaningful use of the cultural forces that underpin change.
  6. Calls therefore to include innovative and forward looking cultural indicators in the next revision of the Indicators for monitoring the SDGs in an EU context. CAE stands ready to gather evidence and support the European institutions in this process.

The cultural sector has joined forces to raise awareness of the critical importance of culture to the Sustainable Development Goals. Together with our partners on European and international level and civil society organisations in neighbouring fields, CAE will continue to advocate for a sustainable future that includes culture and will monitor and communicate relevant developments in this field.

Culture Action Europe works to promote a better understanding of the interdependence between culture, including notably through the international campaign The future we want includes culture (2012).

Touring Artists website relaunch

IGBK’s and ITI’s joint information website for artists engaged in the cultural sector in Germany as well as those who want to work in Germany received an update. The site is now responsive to all mobile devices as well as to desktop computers.

On the Move General Assembly 2017 in Cardiff, Wales

On the Move’s General Assembly and related meetings were held in Cardiff, Wales on 5-6 April 2017. ITI Germany and IGBK were present. The new elected board consists of: Anna Galas-Kosil (President), Pavla Petrova (Secretary), Marie Fol (Treasurer), Anaïs Lukacs, Yohann Floch, Elena Di Federico and Kamma Siegumfeldt (Administrators). Fove working groups have been set up: 1) Mobility Information points’ subgroup: coordinators: Jana Grünewald/Christine Heemsoth (ITI/IGBK)
2) Communication: Marion Marchand (Circostrada) on the basis of what has been carried out with the Luxembourg workshops in 2012 and 2014
3) Visas and freedom of movement: Reinier Klok (DutchCulture)
4) Advocacy: Elena Di Federico (IETM)

See On The Move activities and information at: http://on-the-move.org

On the Move meeting in Berlin, 2-4 November

ITI is hosting On the Move’s mobility info points – organisations mostly or partly dealing with providing free information on administrative aspects related to cultural mobility for a meeting in Berlin.

Beyond sharing experiences to strengthen the capacity of European mobility info points (expertise, service provision, communication etc.), the different representatives will interact with ENICPA members at ITI premices on 2 November afternoon and take part on 4 November in a workshop related to artists‘ mobility and social protection (organised by IGBK)

The European Secretariat of German Culture NGOs

…is a permanent intersectional co-operation project of presently two German culture NGOs.

The partners from performing arts and fine arts, ITI Germany and IGBK, are both non-profit culture NGOs in Germany.

ITI Germany has 170 personal members and 30 corporate members. As part of the worldwide International Theatre Institute the German centre offers a comprehensive service to the country’s theatre people in making international contacts and in preparing and organising artistic encounters in Germany and guest performances abroad and festivals in Germany.

IGBK (Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste) represents the German National Committee of the International Association of Art (IAA) and unites with Germany’s three most important supra-regional artist associations more than 14,000 visual artists in Germany. IGBK provides information for international exchange programmes and organises symposia and workshops on topics of relevance to artists.

Since more than 20 years both NGOs are cooperating in terms of European culture policy with a joint membership in Culture Action Europe (former European Forum for the Arts and Heritage). The Secretariat organized two EFAH general assemblies in Germany (Bonn and Berlin). On the national level, joint meetings with artists and politicians on questions of EU culture policy and on culture funding programmes are a part of the regular work.

Since 2011, the Secretariat developed an online information platform for touring artists in and to Germany. « Touring-artists.info» went online 2013 and is connected with a free consultancy for artists and groups provided by SmartDe. The website is constantly reviewed for changes in national and EU law and regulations and extended according to the needs of the sector and the feedback of artists.

The European Secretariat of German Culture NGOs
c/o ITI Germany
Mariannenplatz 2
10997 Berlin

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