The sixth edition of the Academy on UNESCO Designations and Sustainable Development will take place in Torino, Ivrea, Biella and Milan from October 3rd to October 8th 2021.

The Academy main goals are to provide an opportunity for the exchange of knowledge and territorial good practices at international level on the management of cultural and natural sites, and to contribute to advancing professional and institutional capacities of managing authorities and relevant operators form UNESCO designated sites, in order to increase the benefits for the local communities and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

This edition of the Academy mainly focuses on the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, being 2021 the “International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development”.


The cultural sector and the creative economy as been largely affected by the Covid -19 pandemic, revealing and worsening all its pre-existing vulnerability. In this frame, the meeting aims at sharing experiences, defining good practices, and discussing solutions on the integration of creative and cultural industries in the management of UNESCO designated areas.


In line with the Academy’s cross-disciplinary approach, the workshop’s programme offers a combination of lectures, panel discussions, presentations by participants, and visits to case studies and local communities. Training activities will take place in Torino, while visits and meetings with stakeholders will be planned in collaboration the managing authorities of World Heritage site of Ivrea; the Creative Cities of Torino, Alba, Biella and Milan; Collina Po Biosphere Reserve and Monviso Transboundary Biosphere Reserve and the Musical art of horn players.



The workshop will take place from 3 to 8 October 2021 in Turin and other venues in Italy, and it is open to maximum 25 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.