The International Academy on UNESCO Designations and Sustainable Development is an educational programme launched in 2015 by Fondazione Santagata and UNESCO Regional Office for Science and Culture in Europe.
Its main objective is to contribute to the achievement of the sustainable development goals of the United Nations Agenda 2030 through the strengthening of the skills of managing authorities, operators of UNESCO designations and communities.
From 2015 to 2019, five international workshops were organized, hosted primarily in Turin and the Piedmont region, with focused visits to the most prominent and innovative local cultural and heritage institutions. The five editions were attended by about 128 professionals from approximately 50 countries, who overtime have formed a community of practitioners committed to realizing and promoting the role of cultural and natural resources towards the attainment UN Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Due to the health emergency relating to Covid-19, the sixth edition of the International Academy is postponed to 2021. Nonetheless, the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe and Fondazione Santagata have agreed on making the most out of this halt and to undertake an in-depth evaluation and study that will also allow to consider the impact generated by the programme so far and to draw the direction for the future development of the programme. The agreed tasks that will be realised are:
- An impact-assessment of the five editions of the international Academy organised during the years 2015-2019, that will illustrate the Academy’s results with regard to the development of participants’ capacities, the introduction and impact of operational and policy measures, the cooperation among different kinds of UNESCO designations at local level and international networking.
- A study on capacity-building needs will analyse the current demand from the different categories of UNESCO designated sites and practitioners, in terms of capacity-building to improve the management of cultural and natural resources and their integration with local sustainable development processes, with specific reference to the UN 2030 Agenda.
“UNESCO Designations and Agenda 2030” is a research study commissioned to Fondazione Santagata by the UNESCO Regional Office for Science and Culture in Europe, in Venice.
Overall objective of Impact Assessment is to assess the impact generated by the five editions of the International Academy on UNESCO Designations and Sustainable Development in supporting and enhancing the role played by cultural and natural resources for achieving sustainable local development. The relating specific objectives identified are:
– to put in light the enhancement of participants’ capacities generated by the programme;
– to trace and document innovative and efficient operational models and/or policy measures, inspired by the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs and guided by the learnings and good practices exchanged during the workshops;
– to identify progress in the fulfilment of the values, aspects and measures promoted by UNESCO Conventions and by the 2030 Agenda, sustained thanks to a reinforced cooperation among actors and the promotion of the integrated management of territories;
– to understand the benefits generated at the regional level by the community of managers, operators and practitioners formed by the participants, experts and institutions’ members who took part to the programme.
Overall objective of the Study on the current demand of sustainability is to identify capacity-building needs to be addressed by future editions of the International Academy in order to enhance the programme contribution towards the UN 2030 Agenda. The relating specific objectives identified are:
– to suggest emerging topics and issues requiring further capacity development;
– to define guidelines for improving the organisation of the programme;
– to define possible new formats for future capacity-building.