11.07.2017 - UNESCO Venice Office

Call for Applications: International Academy on Sustainable Development (Deadline: 10 August 2017)

International Academy on Sustainable Development – 2017

From 8 to 13 October 2017, the 3rd International Academy on Sustainable Development – Workshop on Integrated Management of UNESCO Designations will take place in Turin, Italy. The event is jointly organized by the Centro Studi Silvia Santagata-Ebla (CSS-Ebla) and the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), with local partners including the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Development and Territory Management at the University of Turin. The capacity-building programme aims at increasing the competencies of UNESCO designations’ stakeholders on the management of cultural and natural resources for sustainable development.

UNESCO designations represent ideal laboratories to harness cultural and natural resources towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Relevant actors are faced with the challenge to define long-term policies and short-term actions to effectively manage the local assets, in order to fully harness their development potential while at the same time safeguarding their cultural and natural values. Such objective can only be achieved through an integrated and participatory approach, spanning several policy areas and ensuring the active engagement of all relevant stakeholders.

Within this framework, the academy aims at developing capacities of relevant stakeholders with regard to the recognition and interpretation of territorial and community capital, the integrated management of cultural and natural resources, and the tools and good practices for supporting sustainable development in areas home to UNESCO Designations.

Based on these principles, the first two workshops of the Academy took place in October 2015 and December 2016 in Turin and Piedmont. They saw the participation of 69 participants, from 39 different UNESCO Designations, now connected through a community of good practices and knowledge exchange.

In accordance with the overall spirit of the academy, the workshop will contribute to advancing professional and institutional capacities of managing authorities, communities and relevant practitioners from UNESCO designations on the selected topic, in order to increase the benefits for the local communities and help achieve the SDGs.

This third edition of the workshop will focus on UNESCO Designations and their potential role in addressing sustainable development goals, with specific reference to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Specific topics will address the recognition and interpretation of territorial and community capital; the integrated management of cultural and natural resources; and, the tools and good practices for supporting sustainable development in UNESCO designations

This year, the  workshop aims primarily at local authorities and other relevant local actors responsible for the management, conservation or safeguarding of World Heritage properties, Biosphere Reserves, UNESCO Creative Cities, elements inscribed in the Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists and Register, and Global Geoparks. Other practitioners, such as scholars/researchers, staff from international organizations, etc. are also eligible to apply.

The organizers will provide support to the participation of 30 to 35 applicants. Priority in subsidy consideration will be given to participants from the countries listed within the geographical coverage of the UNESCO Regional Bureau in Venice, namely: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey.

Application deadline: 10 August 2017, 5 p.m. Central European Time.

Online guidelines for application: https://www.academysd.net/application




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