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.

Eligible applicants should be decision makers, officials or other representatives such as:

  • Local government agencies and other relevant actors responsible for the management/safeguarding of World Heritage properties, Biosphere Reserves, Global Geoparks, UNESCO Creative Cities, and elements inscribed in the UNESCO Lists and Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
  • Local development agencies from areas related to specific UNESCO designated sites/elements.
  • Other practitioners such as community groups, independent experts, scholars/researchers, staff from international organizations or NGOs, etc.

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 that will introduce:

Talk 1 # SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (5th March 2024, 2:30 – 4:30 pm)

Moderated by Fondazione Santagata and UNESCO
> 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)

Moderated by Fondazione Santagata and UNESCO
>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)

Moderated by Fondazione Santagata and UNESCO
> 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)

Moderated by Fondazione Santagata and UNESCO
>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)

Moderated by Fondazione Santagata and UNESCO
> How can UNESCO-designated sites  contribute to increasing the resilience of their broader territorial contexts?

ON-SITE WORKSHOP

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”.

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)
  • Federica Ammiraglio, Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI) (Italy)
  • Bogdana Brylynska, Ukrainian Association of Cultural Studies Lviv (UAC-Lviv) (Ukraine)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Amilcar Vargas, Casa Batlló (Spain)
  • Ingrid Veneroso, Municipality of Padua (Italy)
Team
Antonia Iero
Lorenzo Attardo
Giulia Avanza
Erica Meneghin
Collaborations
Municipality of Genoa

Supported by
Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo