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Professor Alexandra Xanthaki: the latest UN report on Sustainable Development and Cultural Rights


 The UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Professor Alexandra Xanthaki published a new report on Sustainable development and Cultural Rights.

As we can read on the UN website, in this report, the Special Rapporteur addresses the role of culture in sustainable development, including the cultures of development, with a view to assessing how cultural diversity and cultural rights have been mainstreamed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development so far and to highlighting areas where increased cultural awareness may contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals during the second half of the implementation timeline of the 2030 Agenda.[1]

Alexandra Xanthaki was appointed UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights in October 2021. Ms. Xanthaki is Greek and lives in the United Kingdom where she works as a Professor of Laws at Brunel University London, United Kingdom. Throughout her academic career, Ms. Xanthaki has published over 50 publications relating to the cultural rights of minorities and indigenous peoples, cultural diversity, cultural heritage, balancing cultural rights with other rights and interests, and multiculturalism and integration in international human rights law. She has worked with NGOs, civil society and has consulted States on such issues.[2]



Reported by

Dr Eliza Kania (Journal Manager and Research Communications Officer) 

[1] OHCHR | Report on cultural rights and sustainable development

[2] OHCHR | Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights