The United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) was launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to accelerate problem solving around sustainable development and to promote practical solutions ( Under the umbrella of the SDSN the University of Siena will convene leading scholars, students and practitioners from around the Mediterranean Region on 3-5 July 2013 to identify and launch transformative solutions in the Mediterranean Region.

In preparation for this conference the University of Siena and the SDSN are launching a competition among researchers/practitioners and students for the most practical and transformational sustainable development solutions in the Mediterranean. The teams proposing the most promising solutions will be invited to present their ideas at the Siena Conference.

At least one proposal included in the conference will be selected from amongst those presented by students. The Solutions Initiatives should be practical project proposals involving novel technologies, business models, institutional mechanisms, and/or policies that are promising yet unproven. They should address a well-defined set of problems, have a transformative impact on sustainable development and be scalable following a successful demonstration. They must be technically feasible and implementable within a reasonable timeframe without the need for primary research.

The solutions presented via internet by may 15, 2013 will be analyzed by an international committee. Those selected will be presented at a workshop held in Siena on July 5, 2013. Those presented after may 15, 2013 will be taken into consideration for Successive initiatives.

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