Many city leaders now acknowledge that culture helps create thriving urban centres. And the political and economic influence of the world’s leading cities puts them in a unique position to set a global agenda for sustainable urban development.
The World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF), which BOP convenes, provides a way for policy makers in 38 key cities to share research and intelligence, and explore the vital role of culture in their future prosperity.
Rapid urbanisation means that, by 2030, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. The very speed of change is unprecedented and governments are facing increasingly complex challenges. Many of the great policy issues of our age, from tackling climate change to promoting social equality, are being led at city, rather than national, level.
As urban populations grow, so does the pressure on leaders to maintain their city’s distinctiveness, attract business and skilled jobs, and stay resilient and adaptable in the face of change. WCCF members share the belief that culture is the key to their future as sustainable urban centres. BOP conducts comparative research to measure the impact and importance of culture and creativity, and shares it with the Forum so members can make evidence-based policy decisions.
How the WCCF works
Forum members collaborate via a programme of events including themed symposia, regional summits and workshops. These events feed in to the annual World Cities Culture Summit. Hosted on a rotating basis by member cities, this unique gathering allows city leaders to share ideas and knowledge about the role of culture as an organising principle for the sustainable city of the future.