5 March 2024 – Following the success of the previous editions, which were attended by over 172 professionals from 57 different UNESCO designated areas, we are pleased to announce the start of the 2024 Edition of the “Academy on UNESCO Designations and Sustainable Development”.

The Academy is ideated and implemented by the Fondazione Santagata for the Economics of Culture and UNESCO through the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (based in Venice, Italy) and the 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 local government agencies, actors responsible for the management/safeguarding of World Heritage properties, communities and relevant operators from different UNESCO designations.

The first session of the 2024 Edition will take place today, March 5th 2024, and will focus on the crucial theme of sustainable development.

Esteemed speakers – including Costanza Fidelbo of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (Italy), Marta Garcia Haro of Sustainable Development Solutions Network (Spain), Liam Smyth of the UK National Commission (UK), and Tamara Nikolić Đerić of the Batana Ecomuseum (Croatia) – will explore how UNESCO-designated sites and communities can contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals outlined in the 2030 UN Agenda.