The Academy on UNESCO Designations and Sustainable Development is a capacity building program ideated and implemented by the Fondazione Santagata for the Economics of Culture and UNESCO through the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (based in Venice, Italy). 

The main objective of the Academy is to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, through the advancement of institutional and professional capacities of managing authorities, communities and relevant operators from different UNESCO designations from both the Culture and Science sectors. Academy on UNESCO Designations and Sustainable Development 2024 edition has been developed with the aim of giving participants numerous opportunities for exchange and discussion and it is structured in a blended format. The Academy will open to a maximum of 20 selected participants.

CONCEPT

​The main goals of the Academy on UNESCO Designations and Sustainable Development are to provide an opportunity for the exchange of knowledge and territorial good practices at an international level on the management of cultural and natural sites, and to contribute to the advancement of professional and institutional capacities of managing authorities and relevant operators form UNESCO designated sites, in order to increase the benefits for the local communities and contribute to the achievement of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals.

ONLINE TALKS

The first phase will be held online from March to April 2024 and will consist of five online talks moderated by Fondazione Santagata and UNESCO that will introduce:

Talk 1 # SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (5th March 2024, 2:30 – 4:30 pm)
> How can UNESCO-designated sites and communities contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development goals as defined by the UN 2030 Agenda?

​Talk 2 # COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (19th March 2024, 2:30 – 4:30 pm)
> What tools can we use to foster and sustain community engagement in the management of UNESCO-designated sites?

​Talk 3 # ATTRACTIVENESS AND INTERPRETATION ​(2th April 2024, 2:30 – 4:30 pm)
> What emerging approaches, tools and practices can be used to enhance the interpretation and attractiveness of UNESCO-designated sites?

Talk 4 # ENTREPRENEURSHIP BUILDING (​16st April 2024, 2:30 – 4:30 pm)
> How can cooperation with the private sector and other cultural and creative actors can help improving the management of UNESCO-designated sites?

Talk 5 # RESILIENCE (​30th April 2024, 2:30 – 4:30 pm)
> How can UNESCO-designated sites  contribute to increasing the resilience of their broader territorial contexts?

ON-SITE WORKSHOP IN GENOA

15,16,17 May 2024
The on-site workshop will place in the city of Genoa, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list as “Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli”.

DAY 1 (15th May 2024)

  • 9:00 – 10:00 am – Institutional Greetings and Presentation of the Workshop’s Agenda at Palazzo De Nigro Ambrogio, Genoa
  • 10:00 am – 12:30 pm – Visit to the UNESCO World Heritage of Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli
  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Lunch break
  • 2:00 – 3:30 pm – Panel #1 “Interpretation, Accessibility and Engagement” at Genoa Blue District 
  • 3:30 – 5:30 pm – Workshop #1 “Investing in cultural resources to enhance community development” at Genoa Blue District 
  • 5:45 – 7:00 pm – Visit to Genoa Blue District 

DAY 2 (16th May 2024)

  • 9:00 – 10:30 am – Visit to the Maddalena neighbourhood and meeting with Elena Parodi, Madlab 2.0
  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Visit to the Porto Antico with Cristina Giusso, Municipality of Genoa
  • 12:00 – 1:30 pm – Lunch break at Genoa Blue District 
  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Panel #2 “Resilience and Climate Adaptation” at Genoa Blue District
  • 4:00 – 6:00 pm – Workshop #2 “UNESCO as a tool to improve the attractiveness and liveliness of cities” at Genoa Blue District

DAY 3 (17th May 2024)

  • 9:00 am – 12:30 pm – Restitution session by working groups at Palazzo Ambrogio De Nigro, Genoa
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Discussion and closure of the workshop at Palazzo Ambrogio De Nigro, Genoa
  • 12:30 – 2:00 pm – Collective Lunch break
  • Free visit to Rolli Days (optional)
Promoting Commitee
  • Fondazione Santagata for the Economics of Culture
  • UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe
  • University of Turin – UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Development and Territory Management
  • IULM University – IULM Innovation Lab, Milan
Faculty
  • Fabrizio Aimar, Texas A&M University (United States)
  • Bogdana Brylynska, Ukrainian Association of Cultural Studies Lviv (UAC-Lviv) (Ukraine)
  • Costanza Fidelbo, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (Italy)
  • Marta Garcia Haro, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (Spain)
  • Valasia Iakovoglou, Director of the Ecotourism Sector of the UNESCO Chair Con-E-Ect at International Hellenic University (IHU) (Greece)
  • Hyeonji Kong, UNESCO World Heritage Interpretation & Presentation Centre (WHIPIC) (South Korea)
  • Irena Lazar, UNESCO Chair at Primorska University (Slovenia)
  • Patrick Leech, Atrium Association (Italy)
  • Federica Legnani, “I portici di Bologna” UNESCO Site (Italy)
  • Tamara Nikolić Đerić, Ecomuseo Batana (Croatia)
  • Paola Pasino, Glasgow City Council (Scotland)
  • Krista Petäjäjärvi, Northern Dimension Partnership for Culture (Latvia)
  • Diego Rinallo, Emlyon Business School (France)
  • Matteo Rosati, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (Italy)
  • Rubah Saleh, ICHEC Brussels Management School (Belgium)
  • Ottavia Semerari, Variabile K (Italy)
  • Liam Smyth, UK National Commission (United Kingdom)
  • Carolina Taddei, Municipality of San Gimignano (Italy)
  • Amilcar Vargas, Casa Batlló (Spain)
  • Alessandra Varisco, Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI) (Italy)
  • Ingrid Veneroso, Municipality of Padua (Italy)
Team
Antonia Iero
Lorenzo Attardo
Giulia Avanza
Erica Meneghin
Collaborations
Municipality of Genoa
University of Genoa
Genova Blue District
Supported by
Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo