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September 10, 2019

President’s statement on the alignment of ICOM with the UN Agenda 2030

One of the central themes of ICOM Kyoto 2019 was sustainability. Read the statement issued by Suay Aksoy, President of ICOM, following the conversations that took place during the General Conference.

I endorse the urgent call by our Sustainability Working Group to align ICOM’s core activities with the UN’s Agenda 2030, Transforming our World; integrating the 17 sustainability goals across the entire museum sector.

Bold action is needed to address the ecological and social crises that humanity has caused. As stewards of the planet’s cultural and natural heritage, it is incumbent on museums to contribute to this task. As trusted sources of knowledge, museums are uniquely placed to engage our communities in generating positive action, promoting respect for all living beings and the earth systems on which the future of the planet depends.

Through embracing Agenda 2030, empowering museum practitioners and fostering cross-sectorial partnerships, ICOM can play a significant role in attaining a sustainable future. 

Suay Aksoy, President of ICOM