Youth engagement in UNESCO designated sites is a workshop, in on-line modality, dedicated to the topic of youth engagement in UNESCO designated sites. The workshop will take place on 1st, 2nd and 3rd of March 2021.

The workshop is programmed based on the UNESCO objectives of Education for Sustainable Development, aimed at enriching knowledge and skills that empower people to change the way they think and work for a sustainable future and on the results of the experiences of Fondazione Santagata, in increasing the awareness of young people on the Agenda 2030.


Young people are considered the future of cities and territories, they have the potential to make change happen. Considering the UNESCO’s work on youth:

UNESCO Youth Programme to drive social innovation and change, participate fully in the development of societies, eradicate poverty and inequality and foster a culture of peace

Operational strategy on Youth (2014-2021), which is the result of a long process of consultation, engaging young people and Member States

Youth engagement in UNESCO designated sites should be supported, considering the involvement of young people in decision-making arrangements. UNESCO designations represent the ideal contexts to strengthen education and active participation of youth involving them in the promotion of a more equitable and sustainable society.

Workshop subtopics are preliminarily identified on the role of UNESCO designations for:

  1. Creating connections and engaging educational institutions through cross-sectorial collaboration, dissemination and knowledge transfer.
  2. Interpreting UNESCO values in youth involvement with the promotion of inclusive learning environments and the enforcement of awareness through informal education and cultural activities.
  3. Supporting innovative youth actions through collaboration with local businesses following sustainable development models.


The Youth engagement in UNESCO designated sites is a workshop ideated 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).


The workshop is targeted on a mix of young professionals, educators, cultural practitioners, officers with a role within a UNESCO designated site or community, and other relevant institutional actors responsible for World Heritage properties, Biosphere Reserves, UNESCO Creative Cities, and elements inscribed in the UNESCO Lists and Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Other practitioners such as professionals in universities, scholars/researchers, independent experts, staff from international organizations or NGOs, etc. can also apply.

The workshop concept is based on the empowerment of youth and strengthen education towards sustainable development. Strengthening young people’s skills, capacity building and increasing awareness of cultural and social contexts and the environment in which they live and work is the way to actively and effectively include and engage young people in decision-making processes. The focus is on the potential of UNESCO designations to enhance such a process involving future generations, with a cross-sectoral approach between education and culture.

More information

The 20-25 participants will be carefully selected and invited upon evaluation of a personal phrase of motivation and a short CV.

To send your application, please fill the online form.

Download the programme of the workshop.