The Academy on UNESCO Designations and Sustainable Development is a capacity building programme ideated and implemented by the Fondazione Santagata and UNESCO through the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (based in Venice, Italy), with the support of several local partners in the Turin and Piedmont area.

It is currently part of the dissemination activities of the UNESCO Chair in Economics of Culture and Heritage: Strategies for Protection and Development.

The main goal is to contribute to the achievement of the UN 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals, through an effective advancement of institutional and professional capacities of managing authorities, communities and relevant operators from UNESCO designations.

Launched as a pilot programme in 2015 in occasion of the 3rd International Forum on Local Economic Development, in collaboration with the United Nations System Staff College and the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization, the Academy is based in the city of Torino (Italy), which counts three different UNESCO designations.

The Academy focuses on the following UNESCO designations:

The programme aims to share experiences, define good practices and discuss creative solutions in order to ensure an appropriate and equitable balance between conservation, sustainability and development by implementing a holistic approach to UNESCO programmes and designations and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.​


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