THE 2020 ROME CHARTER is led by Roma Capitale and the UCLG Committee on Culture. It aims at promoting the right to participate in cultural life as a condition for a better society. The initiative began in 2019 and it has involved more than 20 cities and 50 contributors.

We think it is now important and urgent to create together a new future in the places that represent today a challenge as well as an opportunity: our cities and communities.

The outcome of this initiative is the 2020 Charter of Rome: read it here

In this timeline you can read the steps that led to its creation.


is developed by Roma Capitale and UCLG Committee on Culture.

Drafting Committee: Luca Bergamo, Eleonora Guadagno, Marta Llobet, François Matarasso, Jordi Pascual, Carla Schiavone, Vincenzo Vastola, Sarah Vieux.

Initial conversations held with: Korkor Amarteifio, Tere Badia, Jordi Baltà Portolés, Ivana Baukart, Eric Corijn, Catherine Cullen, Francisco d’Almeida, Cristina da Milano, Yvonne M. Donders, Fernando Ferroni, Enrico Giovannini, Beatriz García, Mercedes Giovinazzo, Enrique Glockner, Daniel Granados, Antoine Guibert, Nora Halpern, Lucina Jiménez, Sakina Khan, Tita Larasati, Andrea Malquin, Robert Manchin, Valeria Marcolin, Magnus Metz, Zayd Minty, Inti Muñoz, Jaume Muñoz, Patricia Navarra, Josh Nyapimbi, Edgar Pieterse, Navin Piplani, Shi Qi, Mieke Renders, Clarisa Ruiz Correal, David Sagita, Thierry Sanzhie Bokally, Salvatore Settis, Anupama Sekhar, Gyonggu Shin, Lisa Sidambe, José Alfonso Suárez del Real y Aguilera, Khalid Tamer, Monserrath Tello and Fiona Winders.

The cities, local governments and their associations: Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Lisbon, Barcelona, Bilbao, Bogotá, Izmir, Malmö, Washington D.C., Xi’an, Baie-Mahault, the Diputació of Barcelona, Córdoba, Dublin, Gwangju, Leeds, Makati, Maputo, Montréal, São Paulo, Swansea, the Cabildo of Tenerife and Vancouver.

The participation of: African Capital of Culture initiative, Americans for the Arts, Asia-Europe Foundation, ASVIS, Culture Action Europe, INTACH – Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, National Theatre of Accra, Nhimbe Global Affairs Observatory, SDG Global Festival of Action, UCLG Africa, UCLG-MEWA, UNESCO…

The involvement and the frames of the UCLG World Secretariat and the UCLG sections and the operational support of the Department for Cultural Activities – Roma Capitale.

Communication and Graphic Design: Zètema Progetto Cultura

To all of them, and to the many more to come, the deepest gratitude for their time, thoughts, experiments and care.