New ICOM Working Group on Sustainability

mainstreaming the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Morien Rees (Varanger Museum, Oslo, Norway) is leading the International Council of Museums Working Group on Sustainability, composed of museum professionals around the world who have been actively committed to addressing issues of sustainability in the museum and cultural heritage sectors. The working group is focusing on how to mainstream the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) included in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change across its range of activities.

The Working Group will be guided by the three related moral imperatives: satisfying human needs, ensuring social justice and respecting environmental limits.The Working Group’s mandate also includes supporting ICOM members and their member museums to contribute constructively in upholding the SDGs and towards climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The ICOM Working Group on Sustainability will consider different approaches to aspects of sustainability. It will consider the museums’ potential roles in cross-sectorial sustainability initiatives: through their collections, as information resources, as communicators, as educators, as facilitators, as activists and advocates, and as users of natural resources. Read more

The Working Group is expected to deliver its recommendations in 2019, at the 25th ICOM Triennial Conference which will take place in Kyoto, Japan.

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ICOM Kyoto 2019

Jenny Newell