MOOC “Sustainable Food Systems: a Mediterranean Perspective”

SDSN is launching the first MOOC on Agro-Food challenges in the Mediterranean Area for the promotion of Sustainable Development and the SDGs.

See the trailer:

Mooc “Sustainable Food Systems: a Mediterranean Perspective”
Open for Enrollment
Term: On Demand

This course discusses the challenges and opportunities of the agricultural sector in the Mediterranean basin. It summarizes global-to-local challenges related to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG); outlines the history and culture of agriculture and its main characteristics with a focus on the “Mediterranean diet”; explains agricultural data with a focus on rural development models and value creation; explores EU policy frameworks and international agreements related to food and agriculture in the Mediterranean; and highlights emerging opportunities linked to innovation and sustainability in the sector.

This course is for:
> Students at the undergraduate or graduate level interested in the main challenges facing the Mediterranean region;
> Current and future practitioners in the agriculture, food and beverage sectors who wish to gain useful insights about current and future trends and business opportunities;
> Policymakers and regional stakeholders who want to deepen their knowledge of agricultural policy, investment, and decisionmaking in the region and globally.

How do we produce more, better quality, and safer food while simultaneously achieving social and environmental goals?

8th International Forum on Food and Nutrition

SDSN Mediterranean participates to the 8th International Forum on Food and Nutrition, the platform of dialogue and networking aiming at identifying the pathway towards concrete solutions to the environmental, health and socio- economic challenges affecting the current food system.

During the event policy makers, the scientific community, private sector and civil society come together sharing knowledge, analysis and best practices in light of the Agenda 2030.

Link to the event web page:

Listen Gunter Pauli, Alex Randall, and Stefano Zamagni.


3rd SDSN Med Conference & SDSN Greece launch

The 3rd International SDSN Mediterranean Conference will be held on September 7-8, 2017, in Athens, Greece.

SDSN Greece will be the 22nd national/regional network within SDSN, and is co-hosted by ICRE8: International Centre for Research on the Environment and the Economy and the Political Economy of Sustainable Development Lab. It is co-chaired by Prof. Phoebe Koundouri and Prof. Andreas Papandreou.

The 3rd International MED Solutions Conference will grant a valuable opportunity for the networks of the Mediterranean region to align forces on the broad topic of sustainable development in the region. The conference will provide a platform for debate and exchange of ideas across stakeholders, including network partners, policymakers and scholars.

SDSN Mediterranean will contribute to the 3rd International SDSN Mediterranean Conference thanks to the participation of Prof. Angelo Riccaboni and Prof.ssa Alessandra Viviani.

Open call for Agri-Food Mediterranean Innovators

Are you under 35? Are you an innovator in the agri-food sector?

Do you care about the sustainability of our food systems?

Do you believe your idea or project could bring about real change?

Join us in Siena on the 5th and 6th of October 2017!

The University of Siena is looking for innovative ideas and projects related to the agri-food sector.

Don’t wait too long! Our Call for Millennial Innovators is now open ! Send us your proposal by JULY 31st.

  • More info and applications here

Open call for SDSN Med/Youth Campus Coordinator

The call for Campus Coordinator of SDSN Youth for the Mediterranean region is now open!

SDSNY Med is seeking new talented, passionate and highly motivated student for the position of Campus Coordinator, who will have the chance to work with an exceptional group of individuals with a variety of cultural and political backgrounds, committed to sustainable development.

SDSN Youth will give you the unique opportunity to be at the forefront of efforts taken by the United Nations, governments and civil society in developing and leading a global movement for sustainable development, by attending domestic and international conferences and by joining networks with some of the most prominent figures in this field.

How to apply

The position description and more detailed information on how to apply are available at the following links:

Join the SDSN call with Jeffrey Sachs, June 15, 2017

Dear SDSN Members,

All of you are invited to participate in the next call of the SDSN Assembly, which will take place on June 15, 2017. We are happy to offer two options to better accomodate time zones, one at 10 am GMT and the other at 3:30 pm GMT. The two calls will be the same; you should join whichever is more convenient for you.

The SDSN Assembly is made up of one representative from each SDSN Member Institution. The representative is selected by your organization. Participation on the calls may be deputized to another person if the focal point is not available.

On the call Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the SDSN, will share recent updates from the SDSN’s Leadership Council meeting last week in Berlin, and take questions from members. Please reach out to if you have any questions.

Read the message from Jeffrey Sachs

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122

Access Code: 971-331-717

First GoToMeeting? Try a test session: 



Plastic Busters at the Ocean Conference, UN, New York, 5-9 June 2017

SDSN Mediterranean, thanks to its flagship project Plastic Busters coordinated by prof. Cristina Fossi (University of Siena), contributes to the Ocean Conference organised by the United Nations in New York on 5-9 June 2017.

The side event  on the Mediterranean Sea envisages to showcase the solutions to the global problem of marine litter.


Ocean Knowledge-Action Network. Open Call for experts!

Future Earth and its partners are seeking motivated experts to serve on the Development Team for the Ocean Knowledge-Action Network (Ocean KAN).

To apply, submit your application online by 30 April 2017 through the form available here.

Before applying, please be sure to read the official announcement and the terms of reference for the Development Team.

Please feel free to forward and share this announcement!

Call for volunteer translators

The SDG Academy, the online education initiative of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), is calling for volunteer translators in Spanish, French and Arabic.

Volunteers will be translating chapter videos from the SDG Academy’s MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Volunteers may sign up for translating a single chapter (about a 40 minute workload), an entire module (5-7 chapters) or more.

As a token of appreciation, volunteers’ names and work will be acknowledged on the course page of their respective course. Additionally, volunteers who translate 5 or more chapters will be entered into a monthly raffle drawing for one of Professor Jeffrey Sachs’ books!

  • If you are interested in helping with the MOOC translation, please sign up through this form here.
  • If you need more information please contact