The ICRRA Conference 2023 will take place on October 30th and November 2nd.
Culture and international cultural relations are integral to global efforts to tackle the interconnected challenges of sustainable development.
The 2023 ICRRA conference focuses on the role that cultural relations can play in supporting multilateral and regional organisations to deliver – and think beyond – the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Multilateralism and culture play a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is evidenced by the aims of the 2024 UN Summit of the Future: Multilateral solutions for a better tomorrow to “reaffirm existing commitments including to the SDGs” as well as by the key result of the UNESCO 2022 MONDIACULT World Conference calling for a “stand-alone goal for culture in the post-2030 development agenda”.
On Day 1 of the 2023 ICRRA conference we will explore what this means in practice for multilateral organisations (e.g. UNESCO), regional organisations (e.g. EU, AU, ASEAN, CELAC) and regional commissions of the UN and other global organisations (e.g. CEPAL). And we want to discuss how cultural relations – as a practice and approach based on mutuality, trust and reciprocity outside of formal diplomatic state-to-state relations – can inform and engage with these stakeholders and ways of working.
What is the role of multilateral organisations in delivering the sustainable development agenda? What could be the impact of the standalone goal for culture for sustainable development in the post-2030 period?
The conference language is English with simultaneous interpretation in Spanish.
The conference continues with a second day of panel discussions and case studies on 2nd November 2023
Researchers and practitioners exchange views on questions of international cultural relations through the International Cultural Relations Research Alliance (ICRRA) network. The network sees itself as a bridge builder between practical cultural work, academic reflection, policy advice and the media. It supports the transfer of research-based knowledge into politics and society and promotes evidence-based discourse. Find out more on the ifa website.