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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

The Missing Pillar


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Toronto, ON



Offered in English.


The Missing Pillar: The British Council on Culture’s Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are used by governments and organizations, within Canada and around the world, as a blueprint for peace, prosperity and sustainability. Significantly, ‘culture’ – as a top-level category – has been excluded from this framework. This presentation will consider work being undertaken by The British Council to call attention to the role of Culture, or lack thereof, within the SDGs. What recommendations is the British Council making, and how are they applicable to the Ontario context? How can the SDGs be more accessible to the cultural sector, and how can they be embedded in the delivery of local cultural initiatives?


• Rosanna Lewis, Culture & Development and Climate Creative Commissions lead, British Council (Presenter)

• Paolo Granata, Associate Professor, Book & Media Studies Program Coordinator, University of Toronto; Faculty Affiliate, Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society (Respondent)



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