National Value of UNESCO to the UK

On 25 June 2020, UNESCO in the UK launched their brand new report which celebrates the National Value of UNESCO to the UK. It explores the financial value and wider social and cultural value of UNESCO designations, and how we are each fulfilling the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “At a time when our culture, heritage and tourism sectors face great challenges, this report is a timely and welcome reminder of the incredible value of Scotland’s world class UNESCO sites.”

UNESCO projects in the UK generate an estimated £151 million of financial benefit to local communities each year and help bring them together to protect and conserve some of the most important places across the country. We are thrilled that Dundee was selected as a case study and we have enjoyed learning highlights from our partner UNESCO Creative Cities, World Heritage Sites, Global Geoparks and Biosphere Reserves featured in this fantastic report.

In an article published by The Courier in Dundee, we talk with Councillor John Alexander about the positive impact receiving the title of UNESCO City of Design in 2014 has been on our city. We also mention a number of local and international projects that we have delivered over the last 5 years including which would like to say a huge thank you to our partners for supporting and to our extended team for making these possible.

You can download the full report here, read Dundee’s case study and visit The Courier article here.