is the Regional hub for the Mediterranean of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), directed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University), Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commissioned the SDSN to mobilize academia, research institutes, civil society, and the private sector in pursuit of practical solutions for sustainable development. Although SDSN is not a UN agency per se, thus ensuring a high degree of independence from Member States, we are working closely with the UN and its agencies on the broadest scope of topics in the area of sustainable development globally.

SDSN Mediterranean is hosted by the University of Siena (Italy).

The University of Siena, founded in 1240, this is one of the world’s oldest Universities with long-standing research and project activities in sustainable development with a particular focus on the Mediterranean.

Activities of SDSN Mediterranean include:

  • Cooperation  and  joint  research activities  among  Mediterranean  countries, universities  and  businesses;
  • Development  of  practical  solutions  to  sustainability  issues relevant to the  futureof  the region;
  • Elaboration  of  SDG  indicators  for  the  Mediterranean  area;
  • Promotion of   networking   activities among  research  centers,  the  diffusion  of  SDG-Academy  education tools  in the  Mediterranean ,  and  Euro-Mediterranean  joint  programming  in  the context  of  EU  planning  activities.