THE 2020 ROME CHARTER is led by Roma Capitale, Azienda Speciale Palaexpo 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 45 cities and 95 advisors.

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, Azienda Speciale Palaexpo and UCLG – Culture Committee.

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

With 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, Bishkek, Comrat, Concepción, Córdoba, Cuenca, Dublin, Geneva, Gwangju, Jeju, Kazan, Konya, Krasnoyarsk, La Paz, Leeds, Mar del Plata, Makati, Maputo, Medellin, Montevideo, Montréal, Nizhny Novgorod, Osh, Puebla, the Republic of Sakha, San José de Costa Rica, Santa Fe, Sao Paulo, Swansea, the Cabildo of Tenerife, Vancouver, Vologda and Yekaterinburg.

With the participation of: African Capital of Culture initiative, AICCRE, Americans for the Arts, Asia-Europe Foundation, ASviS, CEMR-CCRE, Creative City South, Culture Action Europe, FLACMA, GAOK – Governors Association of Korea, INTACH – Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, Kultura Nova, Mercociudades, Metropolis, National Theatre of Accra, Nhimbe Global Affairs Observatory, SALGA – South African Local Government Association, SDG Global Festival of Action, Sibikwa Arts Centre, UCLG Africa, UCLG-ASPAC, UCLG-Euroasia, UCLG-MEWA, UNESCO, VNG, Wits Cultural Policy and Management School.

A special gratitude for the conversations and exchanges held with: Korkor Amarteifio, Sergey Anastasov, Tere Badia, Jordi Baltà Portoles, Mónica Barrios, Ivana Baukart, Urmat Belekbaev, Karima Bennoune, Johanne Bouchard, María José Callejas, Ed Carroll, Mauricio Castro, Pascale Charlebois, Stefanie Chetty, Eric Corijn, Catherine Cullen, Francisco d’Almeida, Cristina da Milano, Jasmina Dizdarevic Cordero, Yvonne M. Donders, Onur Eryüce, Fernando Ferroni, Ruslan Galiakhmetov, Enrico Giovannini, Beatriz Garcia, Mercedes Giovinazzo, Enrique Glockner, Daniel Granados, Antoine Guibert, Nora Halpern, Eriel Huang, Lucina Jiménez, Avril Joffe, Yarri Kamara, Kang Jeong-Ah, Sakina Khan, Gavril Kirillin, Phylis Klotz, Mthobeli Kolisa, Cynthia Khumalo, Tamara Landívar, Tita Larasati, Annabell Lebethe, Luana Lupi, Andrea Malquin, Robert Manchin, Valeria Marcolin, Luz Medina, Vanessa Mengel, Magnus Metz, Nicolás Montero, Zayd Minty, Inti Muñoz, Jaume Muñoz, Randa Napky, Patricia Navarra, Josh Nyapimbi, Gerardo Daniel Padilla, Patricia Pieragostini, Edgar Pieterse, Navin Piplani, Shi Qi, Carla Rey, Mieke Renders, Paulo Ricci, Clarisa Ruiz Correal, Gennady Ryabov, David Sagita, Rassikh Sagitov, Rozalina Sagirova, Thierry Sanzhie Bokally, Salvatore Settis, Emilbek Shadykhanov, Anupama Sekhar, Dmitry Shesterikov, Gyonggu Shin, Lisa Sidambe, José Alfonso Suárez del Real y Aguilera, Khalid Tamer, Monserrath Tello, Elena Trofimova , Dea Vidović, Raymond Weber, Fiona Winders and Andrés Zaratti, Lea Iandiorio.

With the involvement and the frames of the UCLG World Secretariat and the UCLG sections, the overall coordination of the Department for Cultural Activities – Roma Capitale and the operational support of  Azienda Speciale Palaexpo and  Zètema Progetto Cultura.

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

About the (Hybrid) Conference “The Rome Charter 2020” – October 1-2-3
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