Using culture as a driving force for sustainable development

Online Programme Culture and the SDGs


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Online Programme Culture and the SDGs

Online Session 1

Friday, 2 September 2022
2.00 - 4.00 PM CET

Expert Speakers

Violeta BULC

Violeta Bulc is an open-minded former European Commissioner, devoted to solving problems in a collaborative and innovative way. The essence of her work is directed at improving the quality of life on planet Earth. She is a #G100 Global Chair. The #Ecocivilisation movement that she has started in March 2020 was named among top 100 projects for the future of the world by the #WWEF. She is a well recognised innovator, entrepreneur, politician (former Deputy Prime Minister of Republic of Slovenia), sports person and much more.


Jordi Pascual is the coordinator of the Committee on culture of the world organisation of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). The work of the Committee is based on Culture 21 Actions , a complete cultural rights-based toolkit on culture in sustainable cities. The Committee organizes a global award as well as a biennial Summit , manages a unique database of good practices and promotes a range of learning and capacity-building programmes for cities. As coordinator of the Committee, he is involved in the global campaign #culture2030goal that advocates for the role of cultural factors and actors in the UN Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Jordi holds a PhD on cultural rights in sustainable development (University of Girona) and teaches cultural rights and globalization (Open University of Catalonia).

Anupama SEKHAR

Ms Anupama SEKHAR is an international cultural co-operation expert. Currently, she is Director of Policy and Engagement at IFACCA, the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies, which currently brings together public institutions in 70 countries across the world. Anupama is the curator of the South-South Arts Fellowships 2022, the pilot programme of Living Arts International, a non-profit that supports long-term alliances among cultural workers in the Global South. She is a Board Member of ArtsEquator, which promotes critical writing about arts practice in south-east Asia. Previously, Anupama worked at the Asia-Europe Foundation, where she was Director for Culture from 2014- 2021. Anupama is a member of the Panel of Experts for UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity. Since 2015, Anupama has been a member of the UNESCO Expert Facility for the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. In this capacity, she has undertaken technical assistance missions in Bangladesh Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and the Philippines. Most recently, she has authored the chapter, Re-imagining Mobility for Artists and Cultural Professionals in the UNESCO Global Report 2022, Re|Shaping Policies for Creativity - Addressing culture as a global public good. Anupama is a trained dancer in the Indian classical Bharatnatyam style. A citizen of India, she is currently based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Online Session 2

Tuesday, 6 September 2022
2.00 - 3.15 PM CET

Expert Speakers


Named “Femme de Culture 2020”, Julia Lagahuzère is Co-founder and General Director of the non-profit organisation Opera for Peace – Leading Young Voices of the World. This project is the largest international organization serving as a reference for young opera professionals around the values of diversity, equity, social justice, artistic excellence, affordable education and sustainability. Working at the highest level, and jury member to the world’s most important singing competitions, she was recently Deputy Casting Director of Opéra National de Paris in the two theatres of Opéra de Bastille and Palais Garnier. She has previously worked at the San Francisco Opera, Scottish Opera and Opéra de Limoges. She is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and Sussex University, a musicology scholarship recipient at the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a Masters degree in Opera and Visual Performing Arts from King’s College London, in collaboration with the BBC Proms. Julia is Founder of Circular Culture, an original and ambitious initiative linking Performing Arts with Circular Economy values which has lead her to be invited as guest speaker in leading academic institutions like ISPI, LUISS, La Sapienza and The Global Leaders Program. She has been awarded “Global Change Agent 2022 – Powerhouse Global Awards”, as well as honoured by Lead India USA for the "relentless pursuits in the field of promoting peace and harmony". She is currently Cultural Ambassador for Sustainability at the Osservatorio Nazionale Tutela del Mare in Italy.

Anaïs Roossens

Anaïs Roossens is an art educator with over 5 years of experience designing and carrying out educational programs in various cultural institutions. Roossens is the Consultant of the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Imparting workshops, training, and courses with the goal to inspire people to help make the change towards a sustainable future.

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Pedro Affonso IVO FRANCO

Pedro Affonso Ivo Franco is a Brazilian Berlin-based musician and independent consultant working across the cultural, creativity and development sectors. Holding an MA in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy from Furtwangen University, Germany, for more than one decade, Pedro has delivered services to International Development Organizations, Governments, Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurs in Europe, Latin America and Africa.

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