UNESCO brings £79 million to England's economy

From the stunning landscape of the Lake District and the internationally-significant geology of the North Pennines, to world-leading experts in water policy at the University of Birmingham, England is home to 101 UNESCO sites and projects. Together, they help contribute to the shared goal of creating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication.

UNESCO is the UN agency responsible for protecting cultural heritage, coordinating the tsunami warning system, setting and monitoring the global Education for All Goals, leading the UN’s Scientific Advisory Board and monitoring press freedom, to name but a few of its global functions. But what is its impact and influence in the UK?

Our new publication, UNESCO in England, outlines how England’s UNESCO sites bring £79 million to the economy annually, and more importantly, how they make the country fairer, smarter, healthier, safer and stronger. The publication also provides case studies demonstrating how England’s UNESCO sites and projects help to further conservation, community engagement, education, nurture talent both locally and internationally, as well as support the UK’s contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The brochure forms part of our Wider Value project, which looks at the financial and non-financial value of UNESCO to the UK. The report found that UNESCO sites in the UK contributed £100 million to the UK economy from April 2014 to March 2015.