In looking at the link between culture and climate change, the G20 ministerial on culture held in last summer had been overlooked. Now as we get closer to COP26, we see how important it is.
It was the first meeting devoted to Culture in the history of the G20 was held on 29-30 July in Rome and led to the unanimous adoption of the “Rome Declaration of the G20 Culture Ministers”, a 32-point document which inserts the cultural sector within the G20 process, also recognizing its economic value. The G20 also shared the commitment to create special forces to protect cultural heritage at risk in crisis areas. The Declaration included a chapter on addressing climate change through culture.
The document was examined by the Ministers and delegations of the participating Countries, together with the representatives of the main international organisations active in the cultural field, such as UNESCO, the OECD, the Council of Europe, the Union for the Mediterranean, international organizations of the cultural sector such as ICCROM, ICOM and ICOMOS, the main actors of the fight to crimes against cultural heritage such as UNODC, Interpol and the World Customs Organization (WCO), and with the direct involvement of the Youth 20, the official G20 engagement group dedicated to the new generations.
Download the Declaration here.