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Costa Rica and the
City of Alajuela

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Implementation of the UNESCO Culture|2030 Indicators in Costa Rica and the city of Alajuela is with the support and partnership of the Ministry of Culture and Youth and the Municipality of Alajuela with UNESCO.

The implementation is generously supported by the contributions of the European Union and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) under a co-funded project titled 'Culture 2030 Indicators: Measuring Culture's contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'.



The UNESCO Thematic Indicators for Culture ( UNESCO Culture|2030 Indicators) is a framework of thematic indicators whose purpose is to measure and monitor culture’s enabling contribution to the national and local implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It has been developed with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and other partners.

It provides 22 indicators grouped in four thematic dimensions:

Environment & Resilience

Prosperity & Livelihoods

Knowledge & Skills

Inclusion & Participation

Each dimension is linked to the sustainable development goals and the UNESCO Culture Conventions.

‘SDG 5’ on Gender equality and ‘SDG 17’ on Partnerships are cross-cutting across the dimensions. Additional indicators are also under development to measure culture’s contribution to 'SDG 16 on peacebuilding


While relying in priority on national statistical institutes, the UNESCO Culture|2030 Indicators will seek to bring together a variety of data sources, including from different ministries, observatories and public agencies, information systems for culture, specific barometers, specific national and regional surveys, and professional volunteer organization. The project will also support countries to enhance existing data within the UNESCO Culture Conventions periodic reports as well as the cultural data produced by UIS.

This process is highly collaborative engaging a wide of range of stakeholders involved in the policy spectrum, Ministries, departments, agencies operating in the four thematic dimensions of the framework (e.g. culture, development and planning, education, trade and industry, gender etc.), culture related organizations and networks, civil society and professional organizations, research institutions including academia and national institutes.


The implementation of the UNESCO Culture|2030 Indicators trains and sensitizes national and municipal technical specialists, notably within statistical agencies or cultural institutions, in collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data in the field of culture.

As part of the preparatory phase, Costa Rica and the city of Alajuela organized their kick off workshop from 21 to 24 February 2022 with the support of UNESCO Bureau of San José. The workshop gathered 41 participants, including representatives and institutions from the national and local authorities, as well as civil society organizations, academics, the private sector, and other competent entities whose work is informed by culture and heritage.

On 11 August 2022, the final restitution workshop for the pilot implementation was organized by the Ministry of Culture and Youth and the Municipality of Alajuela in close collaboration with UNESCO.

The workshop was held online, gathering more than 20 participants, including representatives from national and local stakeholders, institutions, and authorities. The workshop was an opportunity to present the implementation results, demonstrating culture’s transversal contribution to sustainable development in the 2030 Agenda. The workshop also served to promote results dissemination, encourage policy action at national and urban level, and seek inputs from stakeholders on policy recommendations towards strengthening data collection, measurement, and monitoring for culture.

Data Bank

Implementation results of the UNESCO Culture|2030 Indicators are available on the UNESCO Culture|2030 Indicators Data Bank