The First Siena Solutions Conference (July 3-5)

Schermata 2013-06-24 alle 14.21.24

We are now a week away from the First Siena Solutions Conference, which is scheduled to kick off next wednesday (July 3, 2013) at the beautiful Certosa di Pontignano. Entitled Sustainable Development Solutions for the Mediterranean Region, the conference will host leading actors and stakeholders from all over the Mediterranean basin, in order to foster the creation of a long-running network of researchers, academics, policymakers, civil society leaders, managers and students as a way to discuss, adopt and implement strategic measures and projects that might have a profound impact on the region’s future development. The event will have the ‘management and development of the Mediterranean Sea’ and ‘climate change and the de-carbonization of Mediterranean economies‘ as its main topics, but will also focus on ‘the role of Small and 11Medium Enterprises for Sustainable Development’, the ‘Vaccines against Poverty’ initiative, ‘Corporate Responsibility for Sustainable Development’ and many other issues.

Among the confirmed participants are Jeffrey D. Sachs (Director, The Earth Institute at Columbia University; Director, The Sustainable Development Solutions Network; Special Advisor to Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on the Millennium Development Goals), George Papandreou (former Prime Minister of Greece), Martin Visbeck (Chair in Physical Oceanography,Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences), Laurence Tubiana (Founder, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations IDDRI), Maria Chiara Carrozza (Minister of Italian Ministry of Education and University), Corrado Clini (General Director for Sustainable Development, Climate and Energy of Ministry for Environment), Paul Holthus (President and CEO of World Ocean Council).

Participation on the July 3-4 will be by invitation, while participation on the final day (which will take place in the Rectorate’s Aula Magna and will feature the presentation of selected MED Solutions) will be open and free.

Here you can find the preliminary draft of the agenda for the conference; also visit http://www.medsolutions.unisi.it for further information.

We are honored to announce we will be attending this event of international relevance with a handful of our members. Moreover,  we will partner with the website Rinnovabili.it (which we thank for the great opportunity) to provide its readers (and everyone) with a full coverage of the conference, via live tweets, video interviews and much more. Finally, our coordinator Dario Piselli will give a speech during a specific session that will be dedicated to the presentation of students’ solutions, focusing on the EU Common Fisheries Policy and the need for its urgent reform with the goal of  reaching a sustainable management of the Mediterranean fisheries.

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