SESSION 04: Partnering through Culture, Heritage and Art for Resilient and Inclusive Recovery (UN High-Level Political Forum Side Event)

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Partnering through Culture, Heritage and Art for Resilient and Inclusive Recovery

Culture is now recognized as the fourth dimension of sustainable development, and one that permeates all other aspects of it. With a unique ability to support resilience and wellbeing – acutely observed during the COVID19 pandemic – the cultural sector has an undeniable potential to make a major contribution to delivering the SDGs.

Beyond the impacts that the cultural fields, including heritage and art, have in and of themselves, partnerships involving cultural actors can also increase the impact of wider policies, everywhere from climate action to community cohesion and public health. Meaningful partnerships, based on accountability and inclusiveness, can lead not only to a more sustainable future for heritage, art, and cultural institutions at large, but also reinforce their ability to enhance our resilience and wellbeing.

Following on from the High-Level Event organized by the President of the UNGA on 21 May, 2021, and the #Culture2030Goal side event at HLPF 2020, this session will look at how partnerships with the culture sector can accelerate sustainable development in the Decade of Action, while supporting the cultural life of our communities, and safeguarding our heritage for future generations.

What partnership models are possible? How can unique strengths be combined? What lessons can be shared?

This session will bring together representatives of local and national governments, civil society and experts, each with experiences that can help build a global sense of how partnering through culture can power resilient and inclusive recovery.

Event coordinated by Ege Yildirim (ICOMOS, OurWorldHeritage), Stephen Wyber (IFLA) and Juliana Strogan (OurWorldHeritage).

Co-organized by:
IFLA- International Federation of Library Associations (lead applicant)
British Council
City of Izmir
City of Mannheim
Climate Heritage Network
Cultural Agents
GPM- Global Parliament of Mayors
ICOMOS- International Council on Monuments and Sites
KNCU- Korean National Commission for UNESCO
OWH- OurWorldHeritage Foundation
UCL- University College London
UCLG- United Cities and Local Governments Culture Committee

SPEAKERS

City of Izmir
Tunç Soyer was elected as the Mayor of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality in Turkey’s local elections held in March 2019. From 2004 to 2006, he served as the Director of Foreign Relations of the Izmir Chamber of Commerce. In 2006, he was appointed as the General Secretary of EXPO Izmir. In 2009 he was elected as the Mayor of Seferihisar and carried on this task for two terms. He has implemented the international local-scale development model Cittaslow (Slow City) first to Seferihisar and then introduced it to the seven geographical areas of Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. In 2013, he was appointed the Vice President of the Cittaslow Unity centered in Italy, became the Chairman of the Board of the Turkish Association of Social-Democrat Municipalities (SODEM) in 2014. He is Board Member of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and Global Executive Committee member of Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI).

City of Mannheim
Dr. Peter Kurz is the mayor of Mannheim, Germany, since 2007, with various honorary posts in European and international committees. He studied law and completed his legal clerkship in Mannheim, Speyer, Heidelberg, and San Diego (USA). He has represented the German Association of Cities and Towns at the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and has also been a deputy member of the Main Committee of the German Section of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR). He is also active with United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), where he is one of five German local representatives in the World Council and one of two German mayors in the Executive Bureau. Dr. Kurz was one of the founding members of the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM) in 2016 and appointed chair of the organization in November 2019.

KNCU- Korean National Commission for UNESCO
Dr. Kyung Koo Han is the Secretary-General of the Korean National Commission for UNESCO. As a cultural anthropologist trained at Seoul National University (M.A.) and Harvard University (Ph.D.), Dr. HAN taught anthropology at Kangwon National University, and helped develop the Division of International Studies at Kookmin University as its dean.  In 2009, he joined the newly founded College of Liberal Studies of Seoul National University and served as its dean until 2020. Dr. Han has served as member of the Korean National Commission for UNESCO, the Policy Planning Committee of the Korea Federation for the Environmental Movement, and the Presidential Commission for Sustainable Development. He was President of the Korean International Migration Studies Association, the Korean Society for Education for International Understanding, and the Korean Society for the Study of Overseas Koreans, as well as Vice President of the Korean Society for Cultural Anthropology, and the Korean Society for Environmental Sociology.

IFLA- International Federation of Library Associations (member of Culture 2030 Goal Campaign)
Stephen Wyber is  Policy and Advocacy Manager at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, where he works to help strengthen advocacy across the library field, at all levels. He is particularly focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and oversees work on copyright, heritage, internet governance, and human rights.

UCLG Culture Committee (member of Culture 2030 Goal Campaign)
Jordi Pascual is the coordinator of the Committee on culture of the world organisation of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). The work of the Committee is based on Culture 21 Actions, the most complete toolkit on culture in sustainable cities. The Committee organises a global award as well as a biennial Summit, manages a unique database of good practices and promotes a range of learning programmes on capacity-building and connectivity of cities. As coordinator of the Committee, he is involved in the global campaign #culture2030goal that advocates for the role of cultural factors and actors in the UN Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.He has published books, articles and reports on cultural rights, international cultural relations, culture and sustainability and the governance of culture. Jordi has been a member of the jury of the European Capital of Culture and teaches cultural rights and globalization at the Open University of Catalonia (www.uoc.edu).

ICOMOS- International Council on Monuments and Sites (member of Culture 2030 Goal Campaign)
Pamela Jerome, FAIA, LEED AP, FAPT, F.US/ICOMOS is a preservation architect with 40 years’ experience. She is President of Architectural Preservation Studio, DPC, a New York City-based architecture and preservation firm. Ms. Jerome served as a Trustee of the Board of US/ICOMOS (2003-09), where she was Chair of the Program Committee. She is past vice president of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage (ISCEAH) and current Secretary-General, expert member of the International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage (ISC20C) and the International Committee on Vernacular Heritage (CIAV). She was an elected officer of the ICOMOS Scientific Council from 2006-15 and has been serving on the international Board since 2014, currently as the Treasurer. Her expertise is in masonry conservation, waterproofing, and site management. She has consulted on cultural-property conservation in the US, Mediterranean, Black Sea, Middle East and Far East.

OWH- OurWorldHeritage Foundation
Patricia O’Donnell, PLA, FASLA, AICP, F.US/ICOMOS, is President  of the Board of OurWorldHeritage (OWH) Foundation, which was constituted in context of the OWH initiative, a civil society movement seeking to renew the spirit of the World Heritage Convention. She is a preservation landscape architect and urban planner, founded Heritage Landscapes LLC in 1987. Patricia has contributed to ASLA, ICOMOS, IFLA, OurWorldHeritage and UNESCO World Heritage to advance the valued landscape cultural and natural heritage of diverse places and peoples in the USA and around the globe.

GPM- Global Parliament of Mayors/ British Council partnership
Stephen Stenning leads British Council’s Arts and Society work, a cross disciplinary portfolio that uses creative and cultural approaches to meet global challenges. Stephen developed a global programme including setting up the UK’s £30m Cultural Protection Fund; a partnership with the UK Government Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. He joined British Council in 2011 as Director Arts Middle East North Africa based in Cairo. Stephen has a track record of running and programming successful arts organisations.  He originally worked in London as a published playwright and theatre practitioner taking on a post as a Director at Dundee Rep in 1998.  Before joining the British Council, Stephen was director of Edinburgh Mela, on the Board of Festivals Edinburgh and worked with UZ as Executive Producer.

Climate Heritage Network
Julianne Polanco is a heritage professional with more than two decades of experience, from the international to local levels, focused on building rehabilitation, historic site stewardship, and public policy.  Her extensive work in the natural resources, environmental, and land conservation arenas has been on behalf of a member of Congress, California Governors, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. Currently the State Historic Preservation Officer, Julianne oversees preservation laws, working in collaboration with Tribal governments, adjacent communities, federal and state agencies, and non-governmental organizations, to steward cultural and historic resources.  She is dedicated to helping ensure that the stories of all communities are present in the rich and beautiful mosaic of California’s history. Julianne is a founding member and Co-Chair of the Climate Heritage Network, a voluntary membership organization which aims to amplify cultural dimensions in climate action and promote synergies for greater long-term ambition.

Cultural Agents
Doris Sommer, Director of the Cultural Agents Initiative at Harvard University, is Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies.  Her academic and outreach work promotes development through arts and humanities, specifically through “Pre-Texts” in Boston Public Schools, throughout Latin America and beyond. Pre-Texts is an arts-based training program for teachers of literacy, critical thinking, and citizenship. Among her books are Foundational Fictions: The National Romances of Latin America (1991) about novels that helped to consolidate new republics; Proceed with Caution when Engaged by Minority Literature (1999) on a rhetoric of particularism; Bilingual Aesthetics: A New Sentimental Education (2004); and The Work of Art in the World: Civic Agency and Public Humanities (2014). Sommer has enjoyed and is dedicated to developing good public school education. She has a B.A. from New Jersey’s Douglass College for Women, and Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

UCL- University College London
Katey Warran is Research Fellow in Social Science at University College London where she works with Dr Daisy Fancourt and her team to research the effects of social, cultural and community engagement on health as part of the MARCH Network. As well as this, Katey is Principal Investigator for a study at UCL exploring whether online dance classes can support the mental wellbeing of young people and is a qualitative researcher for the UCL Covid-19 Social Study. Previously, Katey worked at the Centre for Performance Science (Royal College of Music and Imperial College, London) investigating the benefits of singing for those affected by cancer. She has contributed to a range of policy reports and is currently a consultant to the World Health Organization on arts and health. She is also Coordinator for the Arts Health Early Career Research Network and a Trustee for Arts Culture Health and Wellbeing Scotland (ACHWS).

CO-COORDINATOR and MODERATOR
Dr. Ege Yildirim is an urban planner and heritage conservation specialist working in Turkey and internationally. Her work focuses on heritage policy and governance; UNESCO World Heritage; and sustainable development. Based in Istanbul since 2013, she is an independent consultant, activist and scholar. Her previous work includes positions of conservation planner at KA-BA Architecture Ltd, Ankara (200-06); conservation coordinator at Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage (2008-12); Site Manager of the Historic Guild Town of Mudurnu (2014-2020); and Key Expert in the EU-Turkey Anatolian Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Institute project, Gaziantep (2019). Ege was a Fulbright Scholar at Pratt Institute, New York (2006-07) and a J.M. Kaplan Fellow at Koç University, Istanbul (2013). Most recently, she has served as the ICOMOS Focal Point for the UN SDGs (2016-2020).

CO-COORDINATOR and RAPPORTEUR
Juliana Strogan is a conservator and heritage manager, MA. in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development from the University of Torino, BA. in Conservation and Restoration from Instituto Politecnico de Tomar and more than twenty years in conservation, dissemination, management and development of cultural heritage and collections, working at private and public institutions in several countries. She is a member of ICOMOS Norway Scientific Committee and head of the National Committee for Industrial Heritage. Currently the head manager for the World Heritage Site Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage in Norway, coordinating the work of the several authorities and stakeholders involved in the management of the site. She has been using her diverse experience to design efficient development projects and strategies that give heritage a central place in the value creation chain, anchoring the “wellbeing” of the cultural and natural assets to the quality of life of the local community. Her practice focuses on heritage-based inclusive social and economic development and participatory approaches.

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