International Academy on Sustainable Development
Capacity building workshop on the management of UNESCO designated sites for sustainable development
The International Academy on Sustainable Development is a capacity building program ideated and implemented by the Research Centre Silvia Santagata – Ebla (CSS-Ebla) and the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, with the support of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, the UNESCO MaB Secretariat and the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The 2017 edition of the International Academy on Sustainable Development will take place in partnership with the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Development and Territory Management of the University of Torino.
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.
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 and relevant operators from UNESCO designated sites.
The 2017 edition of the Academy focuses on the following UNESCO designations:
- World Heritage List
- Lists and Register of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage
- Biosphere Reserves included in the Man and the Biosphere programme
- UNESCO Creative Cities Network
- 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 able to disseminate sustainable practices of territorial management.