Cities’ commitment to a more sustainable and inclusive culture

The Eurocities Lille Call to Action for low carbon and more inclusive culture is an initiative, led by the city of Lille and Eurocities, inviting mayors from across Europe to commit to the development of local cultural policies and events that prioritise sustainability and inclusivity.

The call to action is structured around 16 priorities, categorised into two pillars: the ecological transition of local cultural policies and events, and inclusion in culture and through culture. By signing it, cities commit to developing sustainable and inclusive cultural policies, implementing at least one principle from each pillar, and providing examples of their initiatives each year.

The Call to Action is a significant step towards a more sustainable and inclusive cultural landscape across Europe. By working together, cities can lead the way in driving positive change and fostering a greener and more inclusive future.

The inspiration for the Call to Action emerged from the Eurocities Culture Forum 2022, hosted by the city of Lille and the European Metropolis of Lille in September 2022. The forum focused on the theme of ‘Resilient and sustainable culture – local cultural policies supporting the ecological transition,’ generating significant political attention and engagement. The city of Lille initially developed a draft, which was subsequently enriched with contributions from other Eurocities members through the Eurocities task force on sustainable culture.

The following Eurocities members have signed the Eurocities Lille Call to Action:

Last updated: 19/10/2023

Amsterdam, Arezzo, Birmingham, Bologna, Braga, Bristol, Brussels Capital Region, Chemnitz, Cluj-Napoca, Cologne, Dresden, Espoo, Florence, Ghent, Glasgow, Guimaraes, Kharkiv, Kortrijk, Leeds, Leipzig, Lille, Ljubljana, Manchester, Montpellier, Nantes, Odunpazari, Oulu, Reims, Rennes, Saint-Denis, Strasbourg, Tallinn, Tampere, Terrassa, Turku, Varna, and Vienna.

In addition, there are four cities from outside the network that have signed:

Bourges, Clermont-Ferrand, Colombes, and Rouen.

Does your city want to sign the Call to Action?

Becoming a signatory city is straightforward. Political representatives, such as mayors, deputy mayors, or other elected officials, can sign the call directly or have it formally adopted by their City Council. Cities can participate in the signature process online by signing at home or at specific Eurocities events.

Your Mayor, Deputy Mayor or relevant political representative can sign the Call to Action at home at any time. Print the Call to Action, sign the last page, and send us a scan of the signature on the final page and a photo of your signatory signing the Call to Action.

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Julie Hervé Head of Culture
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