31.07.2018 - UNESCO Venice Office

Call for Applications: International Academy on UNESCO Designations and Sustainable Development (Deadline: 20 August 2018)

International Academy on Sustainable Development

The 4th annual workshop of the International Academy on UNESCO Designations and Sustainable Development will take place from 11-16 October 2018 in Turin and Milan, Italy. The Academy is a capacity-building programme ideated and implemented by the Fondazione Santagata for the Economics of Culture and UNESCO through its Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe since 2015. This year’s edition is organised in co-operation with the UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Development and Territory Management at the University of Turin, and the IULM Innovation Lab (Milan).

UNESCO designations - including World Heritage properties, Biosphere Reserves and others - are the most extended global networks of territories and communities committed to enhancing their cultural and natural resources as drivers for sustainable development. Though fields and themes vary for different designation networks, stakeholders of all designations are faced with the same challenges in terms of long-term policies and short-term actions to fully harness the development potential of local resources while at the same time safeguarding their cultural and natural values.

The main objective of the workshop is to advance professional and institutional capacities of managing authorities, practitioners and other relevant stakeholders from 5 different kinds of UNESCO designations, namely: the World Heritage List, the Lists and Register of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Biosphere Reserves included in the Man and the Biosphere programme, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, and the Global Geoparks Network.  

Special attention will be paid to “multiple designated areas” (in other words, local territories with a concentration or proximity of more than one UNESCO designation) in order to analyse the potentialities, challenges and possible experiences related to the coordination and integration between different designations, exploring their potential in addressing Sustainable Development Goals as defined by the 2030 Agenda.

Specific topics addressed in this workshop include integrated management models for cultural and natural resources, the role of creativity and innovation in community-based development, and tools and practices to facilitate the management and development of sustainable tourism.

The 6-day programme to be conducted in both Turin and Milan will be based on a methodology combining front lectures, presentations by participants, meetings with local communities and discussion of their case studies, group work and facilitated open floor discussions.

The call is open until 20 August 2018, 5 p.m. Central European Time. The application is available online at https://www.academysd.net/.

A limited number of scholarships are available for participants, covering the enrolment (including board and lodging). Priority will be given to applicants from the Member States under the geographical purview of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe.

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