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. The 2023/2024 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 first phase will be held online from March to April 2024 and will consist of five online talks that will introduce:

  • sustainable development
  • community engagement
  • attractiveness and interpretation
  • entrepreneurship building
  • resilience

The second phase will take place in Genoa from the 14th to the 16th of May and will consist of a workshop on “UNESCO Wolrd Heritage of Genoa: Le strade Nuove and the System of Palazzi dei Rolli”. 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.