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Sites for Sustainable Development: Realizing the Potential of UNESCO Designated Sites to Advance Agenda 2030
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Ottawa | 2022 | 100 p.
ISBN 978-0-904608-09-0
Tim Carter; Eleanor R. Haine; Alexander J. Kent; Matthew Rabagliati
Corporate author: 
Canadian Commission for UNESCO; United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO
Europe and North America


This report outlines the role that UNESCO’s global network of designated sites — World Heritage Sites, global geoparks and biosphere reserves — can play in helping stakeholders (including businesses, communities, government agencies and their local organizations, Indigenous Peoples, traditional authorities, councils of elected representatives, and heritage and nature groups) carry out sustainable development approaches to tackle, mitigate and adapt to challenges like these.

The ideas contained in this report emerge from a study designed to explore the merits of UNESCO’s increasing tendency to refer to biosphere reserves, global geoparks and World Heritage Sites as “sites for sustainable development.”



Resource Type: 
Research papers / journal articles
Globalisation and social justice / International understanding
Sustainable development / sustainability
Level of education: 
Higher education
Lifelong learning