Written by Henry McGhie (founder, Curating Tomorrow), Museums and the
Sustainable Development Goals is a free, how-to guide for museums,
galleries, the cultural sector and their partners. It is intended to
help empower museums (small, large and of any kind, anywhere), museum
workers, museum networks and their partners to contribute to the
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The guide outlines a six-step plan for museums to plan activity to
support the SDGs, and outlines seven key activities that align with
the SDGs, mapping these against the 17 Goals and 169 targets. The
six-step plan and seven key activities are scalable, and can therefore
be applied to individual museum workers (in different roles), to
museums, role types, museum networks and the overall sector.
Museums and the Sustainable Development Goals is based on the idea
that the SDGs are not just for governments: they are an invitation to
all sectors of society, in all places, to collaborate and participate
in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. To this end, the publication
sets out the vision of the SDGs, explains the SDG agenda and sets out
how the SDGs need museums and museums need the SDGs.
Henry McGhie, who worked in museums for nearly two decades, founded
Curating Tomorrow to help museums and their partners enhance their
contributions to creating a sustainable future. He is a member of the
Sustainability Working Group established by ICOM in 2018, the IUCN
Commission on Education and Communication, and the Education,
Communication and Outreach Stakeholders recognised by UNFCCC. He was
involved in getting museums recognised as key sites for climate change
education and action in the Workplan for the Paris Climate Change
Agreement in 2018.
Museums and the Sustainable Development Goals: A how-to guide for
museums, galleries, the cultural sector and their partners is
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