Saturday 4 October 2014

9:30 – 11:00 am: Plenary: Culture and the Post-2015 Development Agenda (Salone dei Cinquecento)
The Post-2015 Development Agenda is the first major intergovernmental policy process in the United Nations to be informed by a comprehensive global consultation, reaching large numbers of policymakers, academics, experts, the private sector and interested citizens. The United Nations Development Group (UNDG) and many United Nations Country Teams around the world have guided this unprecedented effort, which has already influenced key reports that have contributed to the shaping of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Upon the request of Member States at the 68th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Secretary-General has called upon the United Nations System to build on the outcomes of the consultations already conducted in order to keep informing the elaboration process of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. UNDG has thus launched a second phase of national consultations on six themes, amongst which“Culture and Development”, to be held throughout 2014.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have been designated as the co-lead agencies for “Culture and Development” at both global and country levels. National consultations are also led in the following countries: Ecuador, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Mali, Morocco.

The consultations are organized around six sub-themes: 1) culture and poverty reduction, 2) culture and education, 3) culture, gender equality and women’s empowerment, 4) culture, sustainable cities and urbanization, 5) culture, environment and climate change, and 6) culture, inclusion and reconciliation.

The Plenary aims at presenting the outcomes of those consultations, which will notably feed the Synthesis Report of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, while contributing to the elaboration process of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Moderator: Mario Giro, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy

Introductory Remarks
Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Gina Casar, Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme

Speakers:
Mohamed Amine Sbihi, Minister for Culture of the Kingdom of Morocco
Ivan Tasovac, Minister of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia
Sredoje Novic, Minister of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Aminata Haidara Sy, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Mali
Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations, Chair of the Group of Friends on Culture and Development
Luis Mora, Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Chief of the Gender, Human Rights and Culture Branch at the Technical Division of UNFPA

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Presentation of the results of the Panels by the Rapporteurs (Salone dei Cinquecento)
Moderator: Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán, Assistant Director-General for Culture of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Rapporteurs:
Avril Joffe (South Africa), Expert in Cultural Policies and Creative Industries
Giovanna Segre (Italy), Professor of Economics of Culture, University of Venice
Ritu Sethi (India), Director, Craft Revival Trust
Jenny Fatou Mbaye (Senegal), Postdoctoral Fellow – African Urban Cultural Economy, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town
Hector Schargorodsky (Argentina),Director of the Cultural Observatory, Faculty of Economical Sciences, University of Buenos Aires
Naima Lahbil (Morocco), Expert in Economy of Heritage

12:00 - 12:15 pm: Adoption of the Florence Declaration (Salone dei Cinquecento)
Vincenza Lomonaco, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Italy to UNESCO
Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán, Assistant Director-General for Culture of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
12:15 - 12:30 pm: Closing Ceremony (Salone dei Cinquecento)
Giovanni Puglisi, President, Italian National Commission for UNESCO
Antonia Pasqua Recchia, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism of Italy
Mario Giro, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy
Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence
Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
12:30 - 1:00 pm: Press conference (Sala di Cosimo)
1:00 – 2:30 pm: Lunch (Forte del Belvedere)