The 2020 Rome Charter (Hybrid) Conference

October 1

#1 _ October 1
Institutional Opening (ENG/ITA)

9.30 – 13.00 CET

This session will welcome participants and provide the perfect resume of WHY the Charta is important for cities and local governments all around the world. It will also consider the relevance of the Charta in the situation of pandemics that we live. Followed by a high-level session, with brief, acute messages session, that will allow the key leaders of UCLG – United Cities and Local Governments as well as the key figures of the international institutions and organizations related to culture and development to express their views on the Charta. Followed by choral moment to highlight the importance of the Charter as it is seen from all corners of the globe, with key policy-makers, then with the Secretaries General of UCLG and final with key experts, activists and academics that have participated in the elaboration of the Charter.

Welcome and Charter Positioning

Luca Bergamo, Vice Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Cultural Development, Rome

Institutional opening messages

  • Emilia Saiz, Secretary General, UCLG
  • Virginia Raggi, Mayor, Rome
  • José Alfonso Suárez del Real y Aguilera, Secretary General, Government of Mexico City
  • Li Mingyuan, Mayor, Xi’An, Co-President of UCLG
  • Enrico Giovannini, Director General, ASvIS
  • Antonio Parenti, Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Italy
  • Anna Laura Orrico, Member of the Parlament, Undersecretary of State for Culture, Italy

Hybrid international Launch of the Charter

Messages from

  • Catarina Vaz-Pinto, ViceMayor, Lisbon
  • Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor, Malmö
  • Nouhoun Diarra, Mayor, Ségou
  • Juan Mari Aburto, Mayor, Bilbao
  • Abigail Binay, Mayor, Makati
  • Ilsur Metshin Mayor, Kazan
  • Enrique Avogadro, Minister of Culture, Buenos Aires
  • Nicolas Montero, Deputy Mayor, Bogota
  • Ramiro Pallares, Deputy Mayor, Montevideo

Messages from the Secretaries General of UCLG Sections

  • Mehmet Duman, MEWA
  • Rassikh Sagitov, Eurasia
  • Bernadia Tjandradewi, Asia – Pacific
  • Frédéric Vallier, CEMR, Europe
  • Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, UCLG-Africa
  • Octavi de la Varga, Metropolis
  • Sergio Arredondo, FLACMA*
  • Nelson Fernández, Director for International Relations of Montevideo, representing the Mercociudades network
  • Eric Corijn, University of Brussels
  • Navin Piplani, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage
  • Mieke Renders, Trans Europe Halles
  • Salvatore Settis, Accademico dei Lincei, Italy

Moderator: Jacopo Dettoni, fDi, Financial Times

#2 _ October 1
The Charter and Human Capabilities (ENG/ITA)
15.00 – 16.30 CET

The Charter suggests that the Right to Participate in Cultural Life is local developed with five concepts, five verbs, five “capabilities” –the concept used in the human-rights field to describe the process that empowers people. The session will discuss why the capabilities approach is today more important than ever.

A conversation with

  • Antonio Spadaro, Director, La Civiltà Cattolica
  • Farida Shaheed, Director of Shirkat Gah women’s resource centre in Pakistan, member of UCLG -Ubuntu, Former United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights
  • Yvonne Donders, Professor International Human Rights, University of Amsterdam

Moderator: Jacopo Dettoni, Financial Times

#3_#4_#5_October 1
Parallel sessions on the 5 Charter Capabilities and their role in advancing societies
17.00 – 18.30 CET

The five capabilities are already “in motion” in some cities / cultural programmes all around the world. These parallel three sessions will invite key examples and good practices. 

Session PROTECT / SHARE – chaired by François Matarasso, Artist, producer, researcher, writer and trainer (ENG)

  • Pierre Tourvieille de Labrouhe, Conseiller en conservation de la Ville de Genève
  • Sakina Khan, Deputy Director, Citywide Strategy and Analysis, Office of Planning, Washington DC
  • Fernando Ferroni, INFN, Rome

Session DISCOVER / ENJOY, chaired by Clarisa Ruiz-Correal, Teacher, writer and cultural manager, Bogotá (SPA)

  • Lic. Guadalupe Lozada, Interim Councillor for culture, and Benjamín González, Director for Community Development, Ministry for Culture, Mexico City
  • Lina Gaviria, Councillor for Culture, Medellin
  • Mauricio Castro, Director of Culture, Concepción

Session CREATE / PROTECT, chaired by Valeria Marcolin, Co-Director, Ass. Culture et Développement / IFCD Panel of Experts member – 2005 UNESCO Convention (FR)

  • Armand Beouinde, Mayor, Ouagadougou
  • Carlo Testini, ARCI, Rome
  • Janvier Nougloi, Directeur du Centre culturel de rencontre international John Smith, Ouidah
  • Marc Villarubias, expert “Culture and transitions”, former director of cultural cooperation, Lyon

October 2

#6 _ October 2
The Charter and the Quest for Equality (ENG/ITA)
9.30 – 11.00 CET

The Charter is also a plea to explicitly consider that cultural policies must explicitly address the Inequalities that profoundly influence the participation of people in cultural life. The session will invite key figures in this discussion to explain their approaches and give advice to the implementation of the Charter. 


  • Luca Lo Pinto, Artistic Director, MACRO
  • Patrice Meyer-Bisch, Philosopher, president of the Observatory of diversity and cultural rights; winner of the UCLG – Mexico City – Culture 21 Award
  • Marina Ponti, Director, UN SDG Action Campaign
  • Ambassador Kojiro Shiojiri, Chair of the Board of Governors, Asia – Europe Foundation
  • Judith Wielander, Matteo Lucchetti, Sara Alberani, Valerio Del Baglivo, curators, Orchestras of Transformation

Moderator: Gianluca Di Feo, La Repubblica

A conversation with

  • Edgar Pieterse, Director, African Centre for cities
  • Johanne Bouchard, Observatory for Cultural Rights and Diversity
  • Tere Badia, Secretary General, Culture Action Europe

Questions from:

  • Prof. Gyonggu Shin, Director at Gwangju International Center
  • Ayşegül Sabuktay, Director of the Izmir Mediterranean Academy, Izmir

Moderator: Gianluca Di Feo, La Repubblica

#7_#8_October 2
Parallel sessions on finding ways out of inequalities: stories and learnings
11.30 – 13.00 CET

Inequalities are already the central considerations of several programmes and projects in some places. Stories from Italy and from the globe. 

Session #7 – Inside Out (ITA)

Stories from Italy on “educating communities” and the role of cultural institutions. Organised by ASvIS – Tavolo Trasversale Cultura

  • Enrico Giovannini, ASviS
  • Micaela Rossi, Fondazione Palazzo Te
  • Mauro Baronchelli, Fondazione Palazzo Grassi
  • Alessandro Bollo, Fondazione Polo del ‘900
  • Giovanni Crupi, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci
  • Manu Lalli, Venti Lucenti
  • Claudio Longhi, Fondazione Emilia-Romagna Teatri
  • Chiara Saraceno, Progetto #educAzioni
  • Milena Tancredi, Coordinamento nazionale AIB
  • Patrizia Pacini, Commissione Cultura Confindustria
  • Carolina Botti , Direttore Divisione Rapporti Pubblico-Privati e Progetti di finanziamento Ales S.p.A. Arte Lavoro e Servizi

Chaired by Paola Dubini (Università Bocconi) 

Session #8 – Outside In (ENG)

Stories of cultural participation and cultural rights from the globe. Organized by UCLG – Culture Committee

  • Sally Aby Bakr, Director of Culture and Social Affairs Department, Ramallah Municipality
  • Iseult Byrne, CEO, Dublin City Council Culture Company
  • Mrs. Suwaree Wongkongkaew, Head of the Chiang Mai City Development Promotion Group, Director of Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Centre and Chiang Mai Centre Museum Network; interpretor: Ms.Ajirapa Pradit (Assistant Lecturer), Department of Architecture, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna
  • Robert Manchin, President, Culture Action Europe
  • Catherine Cullen, Special Adviser on Culture and Sustainable Cities, UCLG – Culture Committee

Chaired by Carla Rey (Secretary General, AICCRE) and Jordi Pascual (coordinator, UCLG Culture Committee)

#9_#10_October 2_Parallel sessions _Observatories
15.00 – 18.30 CET

Session #9 – Osservatorio Italia (ITA) 

ROUND 1_ “Charter vs Local administrators”

  • Luca Bergamo, Vice Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Cultural Development, Roma Capitale
  • Eleonora de Majo, Deputy Mayor for Culture, Municipality of Naples
  • Francesca Leon, Deputy Mayor for Culture, Municipality of Turin
  • Matteo Lepore, Deputy Mayor for Culture, Municipality of Bologna
  • Paolo Marasca, Deputy Mayor for Culture, Municipality of Ancona
  • Ines Pierucci, Deputy Mayor for Culture, Municipality of Bari
  • Tommaso Sacchi, Deputy Mayor for Culture, Municipality of Florence

Moderator: Pietro del Soldà, journalist

ROUND 2_”Charter vs Economy and cultural industries”

  • Francesco Rutelli, ANICA
  • Innocenzo Cipolletta, Confindustria
  • Ricardo Franco Levi, AIE
  • Giovanna Barni, Alleanza Cooperative Italiane

Moderator: Fabio Severino, cultural management professor

ROUND 3_”Charter vs cultural operators and third sector”

  • Andrea Paolucci, Teatro dell’Argine, Bologna
  • Francesca Corona, Teatro India, Roma
  • Florinda Saieva, Farm Cultural Park, Agrigento

Moderator: Carlo Cellamare, professor and urbanist

Session 10 – Global Observatory (ENG) 

ROUND 1_ “Enjoy and Discover”

  • Solomon Mguni, Mayor of Bulawayo, and Josh Nyapimbi, Executive Director Nhimbe Trust and City’s Cultural Policy Adviser, Bulawayo
  • Pascale Charlebois, ATRAT, Abitibi Temiscamingue

chaired by Anupama Sekhar, Director for Culture, Asia-Europe Foundation

ROUND 2_ “Create and Enjoy”

  • Andrés Zaratti, Municipal Secretary of Cultures, Autonomous Municipal Government of La Paz
  • Tatiana Chaves, Director for Culture, San José de Costa Rica
  • Paulo Ricci, Councillor for Culture, Santa Fe

chaired by Inti Muñoz, Head of Institutional Affairs, Ministry for Culture, Mexico City

ROUND 3_ “Protect and Share”

  • Fiona Winders, Development Coordinator, City of Malmö Department of Culture
  • Eriel Huang, Deputy Director, Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company

Chaired by Mercedes Giovinazzo, Director, Interarts Foundation

October 3

#11 _ October 3
The Charter and the Right to a Sustainable City (ENG/ITA)
9.30 – 12.30 CET

The 2020 Rome Charter intends to contribute to the global movement to bring culture at the centre of what a Sustainable City should be. This movement includes cities committed to the Right to the City as well as the efforts to the localization and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN 2030 Agenda. The speakers in these sessions will highlight the suitability of the Charta in the context of the global pandemic of COVID-19, and how the Right to participate in Cultural Life becomes not only crucial in terms of equality and democracy, but also in terms of public health and wellbeing. 


  • Eleonora Guadagno, President, Cultural Committee, Roma Capitale

Moderator: Angela Giuffrida, The Guardian

Interventions of

  • Pier Luigi Sacco, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions & Cities
  • Daisy Fancourt, Associate Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology, University College London

Launch of next projects related to the 2020 Charter of Rome

  • Cesare Pietroiusti, President, Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, Rome
  • Judith Wielander, Matteo Lucchetti, Sara Alberani, Valerio Del Baglivo, curators, Orchestras of Transformation
  • Tunç Soyer, Mayor, Izmir
  • Joan Subirats, Deputy Mayor, Barcelona
  • Sami Kanaan, Mayor, Geneve
  • Mohamed Sadiki, Mayor, Rabat

Final Speech

  • Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights

Conclusions and Final Remarks

  • Emilia Saiz, Secretary General, UCLG
  • Luca Bergamo, Vice Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Cultural Development, Rome

The 2020 Rome Charter Hybrid Conference is organised by Roma Capitale – Assessorato alla Crescita culturale and UCLG – Culture Committee.
Production, video and streaming: Azienda Speciale Palaexpo
Project communication and organizational secretariat: Zètema Progetto Cultura
The (Hybrid) Conference is a special project of “Festival dello Sviluppo Sostenibile 2020” promoted by ASviS