Sustainable Development Goals

The work of ICOMOS has been founded, from the outset, on a principle closely aligned with sustainability: the common responsibility to safeguard the heritage of humanity for future generations. Therefore, ICOMOS holds that heritage—whether natural and cultural, tangible and intangible—is fundamental to addressing the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In cooperation with the wider ICOMOS membership, the ICOMOS SDGs Working Group has prepared a Policy Guidance document (see link below) to illustrate the many ways in which heritage can address the SDGs. By providing guidance to ICOMOS members, heritage professionals, and development actors, among others, the document aims to demonstrate the potential for harnessing heritage to assist in achieving sustainable development.

ISC 20C is committed to engaging with this topic further and to supporting the SDGs through further discussion amongst its membership.