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.