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International Academy on UNESCO designations and Sustainable Development

The International Academy on UNESCO designations and Sustainable Development is a capacity building program ideated and implemented by the Fondazione Santagata and UNESCO through the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (based in Venice, Italy), with the support of several local partners in the Turin and Piedmont area. The UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Development and Territory Management at the University of Turin joined the initiative as of 2017.


The main objective of the program is to contribute to the achievement of the UN 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals, through an effective advancement of institutional and professional capacities of managing authorities, communities and relevant operators from UNESCO designations.

Launched as a pilot program in occasion of the IIIrd International Forum on Local Economic Development in 2015, in collaboration with the United Nations System Staff College and the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization, the Academy is based in the city of Torino (Italy), which counts three different UNESCO designations.


The Academy focuses on the following UNESCO designations:

– the World Heritage List

– the Man and the Biosphere Network

– the Creative Cities Network

– the Intangible Cultural Heritage

– the Global Geoparks Network


Beside the training activities, the Academy also promotes a Community of good management practices in UNESCO designated areas, an international cooperative network of site managers, operators and practitioners committed to disseminate sustainable practices of territorial and community management.​​

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