The workshop will take place from 3 to 8 October 2021 and all activities will be held online, opened to maximum 25 selected participants. Eligible applicants should be decision makers, officials or other representatives from:

  • local government agencies and other relevant actors responsible for the management/safeguarding of World Heritage properties, Biosphere Reserves, Global Geoparks, UNESCO Creative Cities, and elements inscribed in the UNESCO Lists and Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

  • Local development agencies from areas related to specific UNESCO designated sites/elements.

  • Other practitioners such as community groups, independent experts, scholars/researchers, staff from international organizations or NGOs, etc.

Inscription fee and other costs

The 2021 edition of the UNESCO Academy is free of charge.

Selection criteria

Applications will be jointly evaluated by the Academy Coordination and the Scientific Committee, based on the combination of the following criteria:

  • Applicants’ eligibility

  • Completeness, quality, and relevance of the applications in relation to the workshop’s subject

  • Geographical balance

  • Gender balance

  • Balanced representation of different UNESCO designations

  • Balanced representation of cultural and natural sites.


Applications are open until September 20th 2021.