UNESCO Venice Office and Venice International University sign agreement for mutual cooperation
On 20 February 2013, the UNESCO Venice Office and the Venice International University have adopted a framework agreement to promote mutual cooperation and joint activities aimed at enhancing culture as a driver and enabler for sustainable development.
The agreement was signed by Yolanda Valle-Neff, Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), and Umberto Vattani, President of the Venice International University (VIU), on the occasion of the inauguration of the 2013 first academic semester of the University.
The agreement indicates as priority areas of cooperation the management of cultural and natural heritage, risk-preparedness and mitigation with regard to climate change and other emerging global challenges, and the promotion of sustainable cultural and eco-tourism.
Joint actions to be developed may include training and capacity-building activities, public events for raising awareness on the mentioned themes, as well as the exchange of knowledge and the coordination of respective activities on areas of common interest. It also opens up the opportunity for VIU students to apply for internships at the UNESCO Venice Office, and for the UNESCO staff to participate in training and educational activities conducted by VIU.
The agreement will also serve as a tool for the further enlargement of international cooperation on the mentioned themes with other academic partners, leveraging on the role of VIU as an international consortium of universities.