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2 Presentation of UN SDSN and MED SDSN Regional SDSN Center for the Mediterranean Region

3 UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS NETWORK UN SDSN has been launched by the SG Ban Ki- Moon on August 9, 2012 UN SDSN, directed by Jeffrey Sachs (Earth Institute, Columbia University), is a new independent global network of research centres, universities and technical institutions UN SDSN helps to find solutions for some of the world s most pressing environmental, social and economic problems UN SDSN initiative is part of the work undertaken in response to the mandate on post-2015 and the outcome of the Rio + 20 Conference { UN project }

4 UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS NETWORK UN SDSN will work with stakeholders including: universities business civil society UN agencies other international organizations { stakeholders }

5 OBJECTIVES OF UN SDSN Identify long-term pathways to sustainable development Promote testing, demonstration, development of promising new solutions Build a global Knowledge Centers Network for local and regional problem solving { UN project s objectives }

6 12 THEMATIC GROUPS 1. Macroeconomics, Population Dynamics, and Planetary Boundaries 2. Poverty Reduction and Peace-Building in Fragile Regions 3. Challenges of Social Inclusion: Gender, Inequalities, and Human Rights 4. Early childhood development, education and learning, and transition to work 5. Health for All 6. Low-Carbon Energy and Sustainable Industry 7. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production 8. Forests, Oceans, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services 9. Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Cities 10. Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources 11. Global Rules and Mechanisms for Sustainable Development 12. Redefining the Role of Business for Sustainable Development { MDGs}

7 THE SOLUTIONS INITIATIVES Practical initiatives involving technologies, business models, institutional mechanisms, and/or policies that are promising but not yet proven Criteria for selection: Scalability and wide applicability Novelty Learning by doing Feasibility Sponsorship { solutions }

8 KNOWLEDGE CENTERS NETWORK Made up of member organizations such as universities, NGOs or businesses active in SD research or its application Regional Knowledge Centers coordinate and manage the network s activities in the region Criteria for constitution: Broad-based active research / project work on SD in the region Administrative and operational capabilities Ability and willingness to mobilize funding (no financial support from UN SDSN) { regional knowledge centers }

9 MED-SDSN MEDITERRANEAN SOLUTIONS NETWORK Under the umbrella of the UN SDSN, the University of Siena is the Regional Network Center for the Mediterranean Basin Why a Mediterranean Network? Shared history Shared environment Shared future { USiena Mediterranean Center}

10 OBJECTIVES OF MED SDSN Implement networking among MED actors focused on SD Propose regional pathways towards sustainable development, drawing on the work by 12 SDSN groups Find and monitor SD Solutions for the Med Countries Develop teaching materials and courses on SD Promote applied research on SD { what }

11 HOW TO ACHIEVE THEM? Involving Actors from all 21 Mediterranean Countries: Universities, policy makers, scientists, international organizations, business partners, NGOs, students,... Existing Networks: UNIMED, International University Association, Copernicus Alliance, Tethys, Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe MED networks on specific issues Catching opportunities of Erasmus for all Communicating effectively via media partners, newsletter and social networks Launching the Network with a Workshop, Siena, July 2013 { how }

12 MED SDSN LAUNCH EVENT JULY 3-5, 2013 Conference topics: Pollution in the Mediterranean sea Climate change Improving the management Energy challenges in the MED region How to deep de-carbonize the energy system Steps towards green growth thanks to new technologies The role of business for sustainability The role of SMEs Emerging business models Presentation of Solutions by researchers and students Vaccines against poverty {www.medunsdsn.unisi.it/call-for-proposals}

13 MED SDSN LAUNCH EVENT JULY 3-5, 2013 Conference Location Certosa di Pontignano The University of Siena Conference Center

14 NEXT STEPS Siena Conference, July 3-5, 2013 Organization of MED events in cooperation with partners and members of the network Participation to events organized by other organizations Promotion of membership to MED SDSN, also through UNIMED, International Association of Universities, et al. MED SDSN session at UNI MED General Assembly, Cairo, October 26-27, 2013 Monitoring the advancement of the selected solutions and ongoing collection of new solutions Promoting MED teaching and research projects Creating the MED SDSN Newsletter Organization of MED SDSN 2014 Conference { future }

15 COME È POSSIBILE SUPPORTARE MED SDSN? Contribuendo in maniera diretta al dibattito scientifico in corso; Evidenziando le attività formativa offerte e i materiali didattici sui temi di interesse del Network; Partecipando alla creazione della rete fra gli attori del Mediterraneo interessati allo sviluppo sostenibile; Suggerendo i riferimenti di colleghi e di istituzioni, universitarie e non, impegnati sui temi sopra indicati, oltre che dei network eventualmente già esistenti, { networking }

16 COME È POSSIBILE SUPPORTARE MED SDSN? Proponendo soluzioni alle problematiche legate al tema della sostenibilità; Partecipando alle attività di MED SDSN, anche con interventi agli eventi cui siamo regolarmente invitati; Contribuendo alla realizzazione della news-letters di MED SDSN; Collaborando al nostro blog su Rinnovabili.it, il quotidiano online sui temi della sostenibilità { networking }

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