The First Siena Solutions Conference (July 3-5, 2013)

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The beautiful Certosa di Pontignano hosted the first MED Solutions‘ event from July 3 to July 5, 2013. Entitled Sustainable Development Solutions for the Mediterranean Region, the conference witnessed participation from leading actors and stakeholders from all over the Mediterranean basin, with the goal of fostering the creation of a long-running network of Schermata 2013-06-28 alle 18.28.31researchers, 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, thus advancing the role of academia in global decision-making processes. The event set up the agenda for the network’s future activities, which will include the management and development of the Mediterranean Sea and climate change and the de-carbonization of Mediterranean economies as their main concerns.

Among the participants were 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), who obviously co-hosted the event alongside University of Siena’s Rector Angelo Riccaboni, George Papandreou (former Prime Minister of Greece), Martin Visbeck (Chair in Physical Oceanography, Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences), 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). For a full list of participants, click here.

Visit http://www.medsolutions.unisi.it for further information and don’t forget to keep the conversation alive using the twitter hashtag #MEDSOL13!

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