SDSN Black Sea started as an idea within the Black Sea Universities Network-BSUN, an initiative aiming at the development of a collaborative platform between the universities from the Black Sea Region.
During the Conference of the Rectors of the BSUN held in Thessaloniki on June 19th, 2018, it was decided to pursue the development of a regional SDSN for the area of the Black Sea, a multicultural region full of similarities and differences.
The SDSN Black Sea bases its structure and foundations on the existing Sustainable Development Solutions Networks of the area (Greece, Russia, Turkey) and especially that of BSUN due to its international character, but only for administrative purposes. For instance, SDSN Black Sea expands its activities in providing proposals and solutions for all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and not only for those related to educational issues, as BSUN does.
The wider area of the Black Sea presents serious and challenging issues related to almost all the Sustainable Development Goals, poverty, hunger, health, education, equality, clean water and clean energy, work, industry and innovation, sustainable cities, consumption and production, climate change impacts and the need for adaptation measures, life below water for the Black Sea itself, land use and peace and justice.
Our, ambitious, vision for SDSN Black Sea is to motivate universities and research centers to get involved and to cooperate for the common benefit of the residents of the countries around the Black Sea.