Protect the city’s common cultural resources, so that all can benefit from them, today and in years to come.

The 2020 Rome Charter

Cultural resources are not static. Their meaning and value changes as society changes. Cultural rights protect all that legacy of tangible and intangible heritage, the universally revered as and the unpopular or misunderstood. Unless we can conserve and pass on our culture, the other capabilities mean little. But no one’s cultural rights can be exercised against anyone else’s. Democratic negotiation is our best resource with which to avoid conflict, requiring us to understand and tolerate other cultures, discuss the value of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, and provide suitable legislation and measures that consider the new challenges we all have as a single humanity. 

How might policy and programmes enable people’s capabilities to discover culture? Ideas include:

  • Legislative protection for tangible and intangible cultural heritage
  • Embedding cultural considerations throughout local government’s work
  • Supporting  Agenda 21 for Culture in governance, policies and practice
  • Considerations and commitments related to climate change
  • Support for the work of cultural rights defenders 
  • Access to training and resources in conservation, documentation and archiving
  • Public debate about the management and the meaning of cultural sites and monuments