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Presentation of network


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The UNITWIN Programme was launched in 1992 and operates through the establishment of UNESCO Chairs, and UNESCO university networks which are also designated as UNITWIN projects.


This programme serves as a prime means of capacity building through the exchange of knowledge and sharing in a spirit of solidarity.


Thus it promotes North-South and South-South cooperation as a strategy to enrich institutions (Universities, research institutes) and field actors.


The UNITWIN - UNESCO network "Culture, Tourism, Development" was founded in 2002 by the UNESCO Chair "Culture, Tourism, Development" from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and is made up of about 30 universities through the world.



A closely knit system  of cooperation in research, documentation and training to facilitate exchanges and knowledge-sharing among universities, decision makers, non-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector.


A worldwide pool of skills and experts.



Creating a worldwide system of cooperation between universities in the fields of culture, tourism and development.


Promoting the concepts, principles and objectives of UNESCO incorporated in its documents of reference (Conventions of 1972, 2003 and 2005 especially, the Convention of Faro 27th October 2005, and closing texts in International Conferences – Stockholm, 1998, Johanesburg, 2001).


Asking questions about tourism with the principles and objectives of the programme « World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism », 2012.


A better understanding of nature and the complex ties between tourism, culture and a sustainable development of territories.


Encouraging a responsible and ethical vision of tourism as a means of sustainable development of territories and enhancing cultural diversity.


Helping to develop strategies and projects which are environmentally sustainable, socially fair, sensible from a business point of view and with a cultural value.


Getting expertise closer to the policy decision-makers to benefit the populations, especially those in poverty.



 Through :


International Network for constantly sharing educational experiences, continuing education and applied research to improve them, also through the use of information technologies (including intranet).


Producing and providing education modules and tools (data collecting, analyzing and processing through preparation, project management and assessment, online education, creation of a module of education “Tourism management at world heritage sites” , offered by several university members of the network.


Promoting local cooperation through academic mobility, partnership between cities, supporting training programs and exchanges, especially in the Southern countries.


Setting up projects with multiple partnerships.


Having grades and masters created within the Network internationally recognized and acknowledged by a brand of excellence.


International scientific conferences with a high level, notably one conference biennal (Quebec, 2010; Gabon, 2012; Barcelone, 2014) and one workshop biennal (Acco (Israel), 2011; Buenos Aires (Argentina), 2013), who treat questions about world heritage (development and tourism).