World Heritage Institute
The World Heritage Institute (WHI) is an international educational organisation working in the field of cultural and natural heritage appreciation and protection. It was founded in 2018 when Palazzo Spinelli per l’Arte e il Restauro and Ipogea, in close collaboration with ICOMOS Italia and UNESCO Paris, brought together their joint skills and experience. The Institute's founding principles are based on the mission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in defence of world heritage.
Firm in the conviction that it is essential to build peace through intellectual cooperation in the fields of education, science (natural and social), and culture (with particular reference to the appreciation and protection of cultural heritage and cultural identity, WHI aims to educate and support training at all career levels for professionals working in sectors linked to the awareness and protection of tangible and intangible world heritage. The Institute is a UNESCO expert on the Convention concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage, and the management of heritage sites.
The World Heritage Institute has signed partnership agreements to create an international network of organisations that share our mission and support our activities. Partners include:
- Comune di Firenze
- Siti Italiani Unesco,
- Ufficio Patrimonio Mondiale UNESCO MIBACT
- ELIA (European League of Institutes of Arts), Amsterdam
- Europa Nostra, Olanda
- Anna Lindh Foundation, Egitto
- FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano), Italia
- INTBAU (International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism).
- Via Maggio, 13, Firenze (main office)
- Ex Ospedale San Rocco, Matera (regional office)
Our mission is to contribute to the awareness, protection, implementation and promotion of the cultural diversity of humankind, defined as the totality of the many forms of cultural expression witnessed over time and interpreted as a source of exchange, innovation and creativity through its universal significance as shared heritage, respecting our own and others' cultures.