Culture and Climate takes its place at the 2021 G20 meeting

Painted pebbles, one reads 'Hope' one reads 'NHS', others have flowers and rainbows

Cultural heritage was recognised for the first time at this year’s G20 summit, the forum for international economic cooperation among the world’s largest economies. Hosted in Italy, this year’s forum focuses on the pillars People, Planet and Prosperity, and introduced two groundbreaking webinars in April around cultural heritage and climate. Through these sessions, the Climate Heritage Network and the Italian Ministry of Culture curated submissions for a declaration from G20 culture ministers to summit leaders.

For more on our collaboration with the Climate Heritage Network, you can find a summary with keynote and interviews here.

Human Capital – The Driver of Culture-led Regeneration

On April 13, various discussions looked at the role cultural heritage can play in building climate change capacity. In a session led by the Co-Chairs of the highly effective cultural advocates, Climate Heritage Network, with Ewan Hyslop, Historic Environment Scotland and Julianne Polanco, California Office of Historic Preservation, speakers addressed the specific intersection of climate change, sustainable development, culture and capacity building – including Julie’s Bicycle Founder and CEO, Alison Tickell. Watch Alison’s contribution below (from 2:04:30).