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SDSN Greece has been included in the SDSN network and is co-hosted by ICRE8: International Center 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, aiming to contribute to achieving the goals of the SDSN network.

SDSN Greece’s three thematic priorities are 

  1. Natural Capital Valuation: Sustainable Investment Allocation
  2. Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation Policies
  3. Sustainable Development in Times of Crisis

The Executive Council is responsible for formulating the SDSN Greece Leadership Council, consisting of politicians, entrepreneurs, academics and representatives of the civil society. All members of both councils will be chosen upon recognition of their contribution towards fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations for 2030. It is also important that all Greek universities, technical institutions and research centers will be collaborating towards that direction.

The Chairs of SDSN Mediterranean and Italy, Angelo Riccaboni and Sabina Ratti, the Network Manager of SDSN Turkey, Bahar Ozay, the Chair of SDSN Greece, Phoebe Koundouri, the Chair of SDSN Spain, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, the Chair of SDSN Greece, Andreas Papandreou at the launch of SDSN Greece.

SDSN Greece, besides that, will also be an important contributor to the work of the SDSN Mediterranean. In this direction, the Greek hub aims to revive the Mediterranean Climate Change Initiative (MCCI). The MCCI initiative was envisaged as both an autonomous Mediterranean political initiative aiming at strengthening international and regional agreements through common policy positions and concrete actions, as well as a projects-based initiative to be eligible for the Union for the Mediterranean branding.

It was formally established in 2010 with a Joint Political Declaration signed by four Prime Ministers and 13 Ministers, with a goal to “strengthen collaboration on convergent challenges and opportunities across the Mediterranean and place a greater focus on the implementation of Union for the Mediterranean projects in the Mediterranean region”.
The MCCI initiative was composed by eighteen Political Delegations, including eight EU Member States (Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Greece , Italy, Malta, Romania, Slovenia) together with Albania, Croatia, Egypt, FYROM, Israel, Mauritania, Montenegro, Palestinian National Authority, Serbia and Turkey and was fully supported by the European Union.

Find out more about the activities of SDSN Greece here.