UCLG Pilot Cities Programme
United Cities and Local Governments (hereinafter, UCLG) is the largest world association of cities, and the one with a stronger influence at the United Nations.
Since 2004, UCLG has developed a significant cultural programme, based on the Agenda 21 for culture and the policy statement Culture: Fourth Pillar of Sustainable Development.
The Culture Summit organised by UCLG in Bilbao in March 2015 approved a new document entitled “Culture 21 Actions”. Culture 21 Actions provides specific guidelines to cities interested in evaluating, designing and implementing cultural policies which contribute to sustainable development.
Culture 21 Actions fosters increased local and international understanding of the connection between culture and local sustainable development in the participating cities. It enables the design, implementation and evaluation of innovative pilot measures in areas relevant to culture and sustainable cities, through collaboration between public, private and civil society actors.
Pilot Cities Programme
Building on Culture 21 Actions, UCLG’s Culture Committee has launched the new programme “Culture in Sustainable Cities: Learning with Culture 21 Actions – Pilot Cities”
The Pilot Cities programme was first launched by UCLG in 2015 and led to the selection of the cities of the cities of Concepción, Cuenca, Escazú, Gabrovo, Galway, Izmir, Konya, Lisbon, Namur, Swansea, Terrassa and Timisoara; in all these places the implementation of the Pilot Cities programme is underway.
Jinju City has been participated in this program by the signature of Jo Kyoo-il , Mayor of JINJU City on the partnership agreement with the UCLG.
The city of JINJU aims to learn the cutural implications of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) of UN and to establish a cultural policy on the basis of the principles and undertakings of UCLG’s Agenda 21 for culture.
Main Contents of the Programme
Participation in the Pilot Cities programme involves close collaboration, for over 26-28 months, between each participating city and the UCLG’s Culture Committee.
• Activity 1. Analysis of the local context and first assessment, including, among others, an initial workshop
• Activity 2. Design of the work programme
• Activity 3. Implementation of the work programme, including the implementation of pilot measures; peer-learning activities (visit to one Pilot City and hosting of another Pilot City); participative dialogues with local citizens; and monitoring activities
• Activity 4. Final conference, assessment and report • Activity 5. Communication, which will take place throughout the process
Activities of Jinju City
Feb 28, 2019, Signing of the Partnership Agreement between Jinju City and UCLG
May 21~25. 2019, Visit to the city and Initial Workshop
Jun 6, 2019, Presentation on the Analysis of Self-Assessments of Cultural Conditions in Jinju city
Visit to the City and Initial Workshop
Date : 2019. 5. 21 ~ 25.
Place: City visit : Cultural Facilities and Cultural Service Space Initial Workshop : Jinju Woodcraft Training Center
• Visit to the City
An initial meeting with the Mayor of Jinju and the representatives of cultural department
A meeting with another related policy department
Visits to local cultural centres, museums, cultural education programmes, etc.
• Initial Workshop
28 citizens including Jinju city officers, culture-related scholars, representatives of cultural organizations participated in the workshop to answer 100 questions under 9 commitments.: 1. Cultural Rights 2. Heritage, Diversity and Creativity 3. Culture and Education 4. Culture and Environment 5. Culture and Economy 6. Culture, Equity and Social Inclusion 7. Culture, Urban Planing and Public Space 8. Culture, Information and Knowledge 9. Governance of Culture.
Results of Self-Assessment
Overall, Jinju's score is generally higher than the global average in all areas except 'Culture, Urban Planning, and Public Space'.
Jinju is the most vulnerable in the commitment of the ‘Culture, Urban Planning, and Public Space.’
In contrast, 'Heritage, Diversity, and Creativity' ranked the highest in the global average and Jinju, indicating Jinju’s strength in this area.
• Accurate analysis and evaluation on cultural policy and current cultural condition of Jinju city
• Strengthening of local networking among relevant public, private and civil society agents in the cultural scene
• Increased awareness-raising and understanding of the links between culture and sustainable development at local level
• Enhanced networking at regional and international level
• Membership of the Agenda 21 for culture’s ‘Pilot Cities’ network