Thessaloniki Sustainability Summit 2021 (TSS2021)
“Recording and Reporting the SDGs” – 15th of September 2021
The 2021 “Thessaloniki Sustainability Summit” aims to bring together scientists, local authorities, politicians, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders to discuss the very significant issue of identifying, monitoring, recording, and reporting the parameters that define the progress in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The topic of the summit “Recording and Reporting the SDGs” is in accordance with the Agenda 2030 and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) as well as the European Green Deal. The 2021 “Thessaloniki Sustainability Summit” will comprise round-table discussions focusing on subjects of interest. The participation of scientists, government officials and other stakeholders from various countries, promises high-level panels expected to lead to interesting conclusions and outcomes.
|Opening, welcome addresses||10:00-10:30 (EEST)|
Presentation of the results of the “Feasibility Study for a Black Sea SDGs Observatory”, a Project financed by the Black Sea Project Promotion Facility (BSPPF)
– Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
– Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation
– UN SDSN Black Sea
Round table discussion on “Recording and Reporting the SDGs”
– Professor N. Theodossiou, Department of Civil Engineering, Chair of SDSN Black Sea
– Professor G. Zarotiadis, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences, Member of the Leadership Council of SDSN Black Sea
– Ambassador Michael Christides, former Secretary General of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation
– Professor Phoebe Koundouri, Athens University of Economics and Business, Co-Chair of SDSN Greece
– Dr Hanna Lappalainen, University of Helsinki
– Professor Nicolas Moussiopoulos, Department of Mechanical Engineering AUTh, Member of the Leadership Council of SDSN Black Sea
-Dr. Pavel Stroev, Financial University under The Government of Russian Federation
|Discussion, Concluding Remarks||14:00-14:30|
For health and safety reasons, this year’s Thessaloniki Sustainability Summit was held exclusively online via Zoom.
The event gathered the interest of several experts from all over the world. It was greeted by:
- Prof. Nikolaos Papaioannou, Rector of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
- Amb. Lazar Comanescu, Secretary General of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC)
- Alexandre Gorelik, Manager of the Black Sea Project Promotion Facility (BSPPF)
During the first session, the results of the “Feasibility Study for a Black Sea SDGs Obersvatory” were presented.
Dr. Eleni Feleki, senior researcher at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in her presentation “Pre-study: Response of the countries of the region to the SDGs 2030 strategy” talked about the general strategies the studied countries follow in regards to sustainable development and SDG implementation
Next, Dr. Pavel Stroev, from the Financial University under the Russian Government and head of the Russian Team of the project, presented the financial aspects for the establishment and the operation of a Black Sea SDGs Observatory.
Continuing the discussion, Mr. Charis Stavridis, co-Manager of SDSN Black Sea, talked about the worldwide reporting and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and emphasized on the countries of interest.
Next, Mr. Sotirios Tsarouchis, researcher at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, talked about which and at what level SDG Indicators are used in the Countries of the Black Sea region.
Finally, Dr. Alexandros Sikalidis, visiting Assistant Professor at UvA and Academic Scholar at IHU, presented the Organizational structure and the functions of the examined Observatory.
During the second session, a panel of experts discussed in a round table the very important topic of “Recording and Reporting of the SDGs”.
Prof. Phoebe Koundouri, Athens University of Economics and Business, Co-Chair of SDSN Greece, presented the actions taken at a European Level regarding sustainability, sustainable development and policy implementation. Furthermore, she stressed the importance of monitoring the performance of SDG implementation and the actions being done by SDSN Europe to aid the relative efforts.
Ambassador Michael Christides, former Secretary General of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), shared his views on the importance of cooperation in the Black Sea region
Next, Dr. Hanna Lappalainen, from the University of Helsinki, shared the Stations Measuring Earth Surface-Atmosphere Relations (SMEAR) Concept, which offers an observation platform that provides continuous, comprehensive environmental information from local level up-to the global Grand Challenges and to the UN SDGs.
Professor Nicolas Moussiopoulos, Department of Mechanical Engineering AUTh, Member of the Leadership Council of SDSN Black Sea, talked about the Urban Climate and the Air Quality in Cities and explained, among else, the phenomenon of urban heat island and how the use of aerosols impacts numerical weather prediction.
Next, Mr. Evgeniy Konishchev, Researcher at the Financial University under the Government of Russian Federation, shared his presentation about the features and problems of statistics in regards to SDG monitoring.
Finally, Mr. Simone Cresti, presented SDSN Mediterranean and their work on producing a Sustainable Development Report focusing on the Mediterranean Region.
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