The global report published by UNESCO in 2016 examines the power of culture as key resource for urban development. Using international case studies, it presents evidence for the contribution that culture has made to urban development in the past and a framework to implement the 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda in the future.
Culture is key to what makes cities attractive, creative and sustainable. History shows that culture is at the heart of urban development, evidenced through cultural landmarks, heritage and traditions. Without culture, cities as vibrant life-spaces do not exist; they are merely concrete and steel constructions, prone to social degradation and fracture. It is culture that makes the difference.