Fondazione Santagata in collaboration with RO.ME Museum Exhibition, the professional and international platform for institutions and companies operating in museums, cultural venues and art, launched in 2020 the “Fondazione Santagata” AWARD, under the patronage of UNESCO’s Italian National Commission

The aim of the award is to provide visibility and recognition to a sustainable development project, in line with the Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, carried out internationally within a territory or community with a UNESCO designation.

The winning project is selected by the Scientific Committee identified by Fondazione Santagata and will be invited at the current edition of the RO.ME Museum Exhibition.


The Award will be conferred by RO.ME, in collaboration with Fondazione Santagata for the Economics of Culture, to projects carried out in territories or communities included in one of the following five UNESCO designations:

  • World Heritage
  • Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Creative Cities
  • Biosphere Reserves
  • Global Geoparks

For the selection of the winner, the Scientific Committee will consider those projects that were able to meet the following general criteria:

  1. Ability to generate impacts on sustainable development, in particular in a cultural and economic way, of the territories / communities they are part of.
  2. Consistency with one or more Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
  3. Use of elements of technological and/or process innovation.
  4. Ability to foster the active involvement of local communities.
  5. Ability to foster resilience and adaptation in crisis situations.
  6. Ability to build collaborative networks between designations, even if different.


Martha Friel, IULM University of Languages and Communication
Alessia Mariotti, University of Bologna
Alessio Re, Fondazione Santagata for the Economics of Culture
Matteo Rosati, UNESCO Office for Science and Culture in Europe
Donatella Saccone, University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo
Erminia Sciacchitano, Ministry of Culture
Giovanna Segre, University of Turin
Enrico Vicenti, Secretary General UNESCO Italian National Commission