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International Academy on Sustainable Development  2015

The Research Centre Silvia Santagata – Ebla (CSS-Ebla), promoter of the C2 UNESCO Centre on the Economics of Culture, in cooperation with the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (UNESCO Venice Office), with the precious support of the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) and of the ILO International Training Centre (ITC-ILO), the patronage of the City of Torino, the City of Geneva, and the City of Lausanne, and the generous support of the Compagnia di Sanpaolo and Fondazione CRT, organized the first edition of  “International Academy on Sustainable Development” Capacity Building Workshop on the Management of UNESCO designated sites: World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves, Turin and the Piedmont region, 16-21 October, 2015.


The Academy is part of the activities promoted by the UNESCO Venice Office within the framework of the EXPO 2015, which included the exhibition “Behind Food Sustainability” on the role of cultural and natural diversity in fostering food sustainability based on the example of UNESCO designated sites. The exhibition, to which CSS-Ebla also contributed, served as source of inspiration for the preparation of the present initiative, as well as the starting point for the involvement of UNESCO designated properties from all over the world.


Main objectives of the initiative are to provide a unique opportunity for the exchange of knowledge and territorial good practices at international level on the management of cultural and natural places for sustainable development, and to contribute to advancing professional and institutional capacities of UNESCO designated sites’ managing authorities and operators with special focus on the relationship between territorial management, communities and opportunities for local development. Mainly focused on World Heritage and the Biosphere Reserves Network, the program includes also specific sessions focusing on the Intangible Heritage and the Creative Cities Network.


Training activities will take place in Torino (UN Campus), while visits and meetings with stakeholders are planned with the World Heritage sites of the Vineyard landscape of Piedmont Langhe-Roero and Monferratothe Residences of the Royal House of Savoy and the Monviso Biosphere Reserve.


The opening of the Academy will take place in the frame of the III World Forum on Local Economic Develoment, while the closing day activities will be implemented with a seminar and a visit to EXPO Milan 2015.


You can download the full Program of the International Academy on Sustainable Development 2015.


You can download the Report of the International Academy on Sustainable Development 2015 edition.

Promoting Committee:

  • Centro Studi Silvia Santagata-Ebla (CSS-Ebla)

  • UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe

  • United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC)

  • International Training Centre (ITC)-International Labour Organization (ILO)

  • Municipality of Torino

  • in collaboration with: City of Geneva and City of Lausanne.

Scientific Committee:

Giovanna Segre (CSS-Ebla and IUAV University of Venice, President); Veronique Dauge (UNESCO); Patrizia Lombardi (Politecnico di Torino-DIST); Philippe Pypaert (UNESCO); Matteo Rosati (UNESCO); Sergio Scamuzzi (University of Torino, UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Development and Territory Management).


Chiara Bortolotto (Laboratories d’anthropologic et d’histoire de l’institution de la culture, Paris), Aldo Buzio (CSS-Ebla), Paolo Canuti (University of Florence), Benjamin Carey (Dunira Strategy, Edinburgh), Nicola Casagli (University of Florence), Alessia Mariotti (University of Bologna), Jane Thompson (Herculaneum Conservation Project), Philippe Pypaert (UNESCO), Alessio Re (CSS-Ebla and University of Torino), Matteo Rosati (UNESCO), Carlo Salone (University of Torino), Sergio Scamuzzi (University of Torino and UNESCO chair on Sustainable Development and Territory Management), Giovanna Segre (CSS-Ebla and IUAV University of Venice),  Marie-Noel Tournoux (UNESCO), Benedetta Ubertazzi (University of Milan-Bicocca).

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

Organization management: Aldo Buzio (CSS-Ebla).

Staff: Paolo Bottero, Giuseppe Cornelli, Selene Migliaccio, Andrea Porta, Francesco Romano.


The following subjects are also supporting as technical partners of the Academy:

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