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International Academy on Sustainable Development  2016


Capacity building workshop on managing Multiple Designated Areas related to UNESCO Conventions and Programmes for sustainable development


The Academy main goal is to contribute to advancing professional and institutional capacities of managing authorities and relevant operators from UNESCO designated sites, to enhance the benefits for the local communities and contribute to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.


The 2016 edition is dedicated to “The role of cities in achieving the 2030 Agenda sustainable development goals”, and is focused on the following three UNESCO designations:


– sites inscribed in the World Heritage List

– sites included in the Man and the Biosphere Network

– cities included in the Creative Cities Network



1. Urban heritage as driver of change.

Heritage cities can act as drivers of local and inclusive economic development, playing a crucial role for promoting cultural diversity, social inclusion and engagement towards sustainable practices. New approaches toward urban heritage conservation and management are a major challenge to build up sustainable development policies, in line with the UNESCO Historic Urban Landscape recommendation, the Policy for the integration of a Sustainable Development perspective into the processes of the World Heritage Convention, and other relevant standards.

2. Cities as incubators of creativity and innovation.

Cities, with their physical and social capital can work as networks for incubating and disseminating sustainable development practices based on creativity and innovation. Cultural and creative industries, such as design, gastronomy, arts and crafts, media, music, etc. play a relevant role both for economy of the contemporary society and for the expression of cultural diversity. Tourism itself, as a major object of urban policy and a growing economic sector, could be a powerful driver for sustainable development.

3. Cities and rural areas as cooperative systems.

Cities associated to productive landscapes or natural protected areas could work as functional nodes for generating sustainable development by means of innovative integrated management and governance systems. Rural-urban connections are becoming a key issue in determining the quality of life of communities, both in economic and environmental terms, providing opportunities for sustainable income-generating activities, recreational areas, good and healthy food and other ecosystem services.

























In addition to these three main subtopics, specific attention will be paid to the governance and management issues posed by those areas hosting multiple UNESCO designations, and to crosscutting issues such as community involvement, tourism, territorial branding, partnership for fund raising.


You can download the full Program of the International Academy on Sustainable Development 2016.



You can download the  Report of the International Academy on Sustainable Development 2016 edition.



Promoting Committee:


Centro Studi Silvia Santagata-Ebla (CSS-Ebla)

UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe


Scientific Committee:

Giovanna Segre (University of Torino and CSS-Ebla, president); Veronique Dauge (UNESCO); Patrizia Lombardi (Politecnico di Torino-DIST); Philippe Pypaert (UNESCO); Carlo Salone (University of Torino-DIST); Matteo Rosati (UNESCO) and the supervision of the World Heritage Centre, the Creative Cities Network, the Man and the Biosphere Programme.

Academy coordination: Alessio Re (CSS-Ebla and University of Torino).

Team: Paola Borrione, Aldo Buzio, Giacomo Candido, Giuseppe Cornelli, Erica Meneghin, Marco Andrea Micheli, Selene Migliaccio, Francesco Romano, Gloriana Turcios


Scientific partners:


CAST – Centre for Advanced Studies on Tourism (University of Bologna)

Corso di Laurea Magistrale in Economia dell’Ambiente, della Cultura e del Territorio (University of Turin, Dep. of Economics Cognetti de Martiis; DIST; ESOMAS)

Master in Management and Creativity for Cultural Landscapes (University of Torino, Dep. of Management)

Technical partners and collaborations:

C.N.R. – IMAMOTER, Azienda Sperimentale di Vezzolano

C.N.R. – IrCRES, Research Institute on Sustainable Economic Growth

Giovanni Goria Foundation


Musei Reali Torino

The Association for the Circuit of the Young Italian Artists (G.A.i.)

The Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile (MAUTO)

Energeo Magazine

Raptim-Humanitarian Travel

Viaggi Solidali

With the patronage of



Supporting agencies:

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