Launching event of Sustainable Development in the Mediterranean – 2020 Report. The online presentation and debate jointly organized by SDSN Mediterranean and Santa Chiara Lab – University of Siena, will be held on November 12, at 15.15 (CET).

The event, with the participation of the Secretary-General of the Union for the Mediterranean Ambassador Nasser Kamel, will host the final remarks by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, leader of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and outstanding expert in sustainable development. The 2020 Report investigates the Mediterranean Countries’ trends towards the SDGs and promotes an in-depth analysis of the recommended policies for the sustainability of the region.

Please SAVE-the-DATE and JOIN US in the event, which will gather together speakers from national SDSN Networks from the Mediterranean area.

The digital event will be held in English and will be available in live streaming here or via YouTube


Agenda | Speakers | Report | Video


15.15 Institutional Remarks 

    • Angelo Riccaboni – Chair SDSN-MED
    • Nasser Kamel – UFM Secretary-General 
    • Paolo Glisenti – Commissioner General for Italy’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai

15.30 SDSN-MED Report 2020 

    • Riccardo Pulselli – The Six Transformations and Recommended Policies: Key Features and Results

15.45 Discussion with Med Hubs and Med Institutions

    • Alomtaz Abadi – UFM
    • Tamer Atabarut – SDSN Turkey
    • Phoebe Koundouri – SDSN Greece
    • Julien Le Tellier – UNEP-MAP
    • Costas Papanicolas  – SDSN Cyprus

16.15 Final Remarks by J. Sachs


  • Angelo Riccaboni

Chair PRIMA Foundation

Angelo Riccaboni is Full Professor of “Management Control Systems” at the Richard Goodwin School of Economics and Management of the University of Siena.

Former Rector of the University of Siena from 2010 to 2016, he is a member of the Leadership Council of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Chair of the Regional Centre of the SDSN for the Mediterranean since 2012.

Since 2017, he is Chair of PRIMA Foundation, an agency located in Barcelona in charge to implement a 10-year research and innovation Initiative on food systems and water resources, with a budget of 500 million euros funded by the European Commission and 19 Euro-Mediterranean Countries. He chaired the General Assembly of the PRIMA Consortium, made up of representatives of Euro-Mediterranean governments, in charge to prepare the PRIMA Programme (2013-2017).

His research focuses on Governance and Control issues and the role of organizations and universities to promote the implementation of the United Nations’ Agenda 2030.

He is currently a member of the Sustainability Board of Edison Italia (since 2017) and Member of the Advisory Board of Carrefour Italia (since 2018). He was a member of the Board of Auditors of Bank of Italy (2016 –2017) and Member of the Board of Directors of MPS Bank (since 2017-2020). He has been recently invited to join the Advisory Board of the World Farmers Organization.

  • Nasser Kamel

Secretary-General Union for the Mediterranean

A career diplomat for the Egyptian government, Nasser Kamel held the position of Ambassador of Egypt to the United Kingdom from 2014 to 2018. He was also Ambassador to France in the period 2006-2012, during which he took part in the drafting of the Joint Declaration of the 2008 Paris Summit that marked the launch of the Union for the Mediterranean. Furthermore, between 2012 and 2014, he was Assistant Minister for Arab and Middle Eastern Affairs. From 2004 to 2006, he was the Director of Egypt’s Public Information Service. Prior to this position, he served in various embassies, including Washington (1984-1988), Lisbon (1990-1994), Tunis (1994-1998), Brussels (1999-2001), and Paris (2001-2004).

  • Riccardo Pulselli

Riccardo Maria Pulselli, architect, Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, has been working as a researcher at the University of Siena since 2001, collaborating with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (SENSEAble City Lab – USA) and the Wageningen University (NL). He implemented systemic assessments and indicators to investigate urban regions, architecture, building technologies, waste, renewable energy sources, production chain processes.

  • Jeffrey Sachs
Columbia University

Jeffrey David Sachs (born November 5, 1954) is an American economist, academic, public policy analyst, and former director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, where he earned the title of University Professor, the highest degree that Columbia confers in his faculty.
He is known as one of the world’s leading experts in economic development and the fight against poverty.
Sachs is Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia’s School of Public Health.
Sachs is Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University and President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.


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