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G20 Culture: April 9th marks the launch of the webinar cycle

Experts, researchers and operators from all over the world will attend. Their ideas will feed into the discussions of the G20 Culture Ministerial scheduled in Rome on July 29th and 30th.

April 8th, 2021

G20 Culture: April 9th marks the launch of the webinar cycle

The fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural goods; the impact of climate change on cultural heritage; the creative industries and the digital revolution; the interaction between culture, training and education. These are the themes that will be at the heart of the G20 Culture Ministerial meeting, and the Ministry led by Dario Franceschini will begin to address them this week through a cycle of international multi-stakeholder webinars.

These will be attended by experts, researchers and operators from all over the world, whose ideas and proposals will feed into the discussions of the G20 Culture Ministerial scheduled inRome on July 29th and 30th.

Cultural issues are a priority of the Italian Presidency and have thus been included among the fundamental pillars aimed at launching a solid recovery. The decision to organize a dedicated Ministerial meeting also builds on the decision, made in 2017, to hold the first G7 Ministerial in Florence, where participating States committed to organize further meetings between Ministers of Culture within high-level international contexts such as the G7 and G20.

The first webinar, “Protection of cultural heritage and illicit trafficking. The Future will give Us back our Past”, will be held on the 9th of April (12-16 CEST) and address policies and actions for the safeguarding and protection of cultural heritage in crisis zones and in case of disasters, with a focus on the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural goods.

On April 12th (12-17 CEST), a second webinar, entitled “Addressing the Climate crisis through Culture – Preserving Cultural Heritage, Supporting the Green Transition”, will focus on environmental issues. It will aim to analyze the impacts of climate change on cultural heritage, the measures to be taken for its protection and conservation and emphasize the key role of culture for a successful “green transition” of our societies, also in view of the Pre-COP 26 in Milan and COP 26 in Glasgow.   

Finally, on April 13th (12-16.40 CEST), the webinar “Building Capacity through Training and Education – Human Capital, the Driver of Culture-led Regeneration” will focus on the need to promote education and training, reaching out to communities and the young generations to improve their awareness of the value ​​of cultural heritage and culture. It will also tackle the need to build capacities to enable culture-led regeneration.

The objective of the initiative is to put a fundamental message at the heart of the G20: culture has a transformative power. It is the key for the regeneration of our economies and societies, which have been heavily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. It will help us to promote the behavioral change that is essential in order to tackle climate change. 

Last but not least, culture contributes to the wealth of territories, also thanks to the new frontiers opened by creative industries and digital access to culturalheritage. It is therefore a key resource for the post-pandemic relaunch.

The program of the events and information on the speakers participating in the webinars are both available on www.beniculturali.it/g20webinar.

The 3 webinars can also be live-cast on the YouTube channel of the Ministry of Culture.