It is now possible to apply to the 2022/2023 edition of the Academy on UNESCO Designations and Sustainable Development, a capacity building program ideated and implemented by Fondazione Santagata and UNESCO whose main goal 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.


The 2022/2023 edition of the Academy will be structured through an online Warm Up meeting (18 November 2022) and five online preparatory talks (January/February 2023) to anticipate and introduce the topics of the three-day workshop to be held in Ivrea (21/24 March 2023), during which the participants will have the opportunity to work on a chosen case study.

The 2022-23 programme  focuses on the five UNESCO Designations: the World Heritage List; the Intangible Cultural Heritage; the Creative Cities Network; the Biosphere Reserves, including in the Man and Biosphere programme; the Global Geoparks Network.

​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.​



The Academy is open to maximum 20 selected participants.
Eligible applicants should be decision makers, officials or other representatives from:

  • 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.

Find out more about the costs and selection criteria at this link.

Applications are open until November 13th 2022.