Dispatches from the ground. February 2015

Hi everyone,

sorry for the long hiatus I took from updating this blog. A whirlwind of academic deadlines and personal issues kept me from being active as much as I would have liked but hey, there are a bunch of good news that I am going to share with you during the next few weeks, so be on the lookout for them!

As of now, I am glad to announce that for the last three months I have been teaming up with a wonderful group of individuals from around the world (including fellow Italian and friend/colleague Dario Bettaccini) to work on the launch of SDSN Youth, the Global Youth Chapter of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. This is going to be an extremely interesting experience, and whatever position I end up assuming within the project, I am enthusiastic about the idea of promoting the role of youth for sustainable development in the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals, which are currently being discussed in preparation of their eventual adoption (due September 2015).

Regarding the operations of SDSN, it is also fitting to remind you that the University of Siena (the SDSN Regional Center for the Mediterranean Region) is hosting the 2nd SDSN for Mediterranean Conference, themed “Solutions for Agri-Food Sustainability in the Mediterranean” and featuring the likes of Jeffrey D. Sachs and Achim Dobermann, on March 5-6. On that occasion, a special session will be held to celebrate the global launch of SDSN Youth, something that -it goes without saying- makes me particularly proud of the work we have been conducting in the last two years to establish Siena as a hub for sustainability and youth engagement with the help of Professors, students and the Administration as a whole. I will definitely keep you updated on the programme (which you can nonetheless find here: http://www.sdsnmedconf.unisi.i) and be available for questions on student participation through my e-mail address piselli4@student.unisi.it.

In the meantime, thanks for having me again.


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