Sustainable Development Goals in the Mediterranean: still a long way to go.

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In the Report, a roadmap for cooperation and sustainability in the Region 

  • The Mediterranean Region is among the most vulnerable to climate change after the Arctic and ranks 50th in the world ranking
  • Experts propose policies to guide decisions by governments, companies, and stakeholders towards sustainability
  • Six Med Hubs committed to spreading sustainable transformations through the sharing of solutions and best practices in the Mediterranean


The second edition of the “Sustainable Development in the Mediterranean” Report will be presented online on Thursday 12 November 2020 at 3.15 pm



10.11.2020 – We have entered the heart of the “Decade of Action”, the 10 years by which to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda, but still no Mediterranean country is on the right path to reach adequate levels of sustainability. This is what emerges from the 2020 Report “Sustainable Development in the Mediterranean – Transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.

The Report, resulting from the joint work of the Santa Chiara Lab – University of Siena, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the Mediterranean (SDSN Med) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), analyses the progress for 24 Mediterranean countries towards the SDGs with the aim of encouraging the implementation of common transformation strategies and actions that can concretely lead to sustainable development in the Region.

The results of the study confirm the great challenges and huge opportunities that characterize the Mediterranean area” comments Angelo Riccaboni, Chair of the Mediterranean Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN Med) and President of the Santa Chiara Lab – University of Siena. “We need a collective effort to implement a real transition towards sustainability. I am pleased to carry out this commitment in partnership with the other SDSN centres in the Mediterranean”.

The 2020 Report led to the establishment of 6 geographical centres, defined “Mediterranean Hubs”, divided by thematic competences according to the principles of the great transformative processes outlined by the 2019 Sustainable Development Report from UN SDSN. 

The 6 Mediterranean Hubs will deal with: education and social and gender inequalities (SDSN France); health and well-being (SDSN Spain); energy, decarbonisation and sustainable production (SDSN Greece); food, soil, water and sea (SDSN Mediterranean); sustainable cities and communities (SDSN Turkey); digital revolution (SDSN Cyprus).

The 2020 Report defines a set of recommended policies for each of the main challenges – a proper roadmap – aimed at governments, companies and stakeholders.  With this Report, the SDSN Med network acts as a qualified policy interface for supporting institutions and decision makers in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, demonstrating that it is possible and beneficial for all to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. 

“The work of the Union for the Mediterranean is based on the 2030 UN Agenda and its SDGs” said Nasser Kamel, Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean – “The implementation of these global committments requires appropriate partnerships between all stakeholders, such as SDSN, and aggregated data for the clear vision needed to advance dialogue and positive action. This year marks the 25th anniversary since the launch of the Barcelona Process and it offers a special opportunity for evaluating the state of our region, including in light of the COVID-19 crisis”. 

The 2020 Report will be presented on 12 November in an online event organized by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the Mediterranean Area (SDSN Med) and the Santa Chiara Lab of the University of Siena, in live streaming from 3.15 to 4.30 pm (Italian time) on, and on the YouTube channel of the University of Siena.

The event will see the participation of one of the leading exponents of sustainable development Jeffrey Sachs, President of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Angelo Riccaboni, President of the SDSN Med network, Nasser Kamel, Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, together with important institutions and experts in the sector, being called upon to discuss the results of the study, the possible solutions and the policies proposed by the authors of the Report.

Information on the event and how to register is available at the link

The digital event will be held in English and will be available in live streaming on the SDSN Med and Santa Chiara Lab – University of Siena websites as well as on the YouTube channel of the University of Siena.