– Siena, September 29

“Bright Night” combines the acronym ‘Brilliant Researchers Impact on Growth Health and Trust’ in research with the word ‘night’. A bright night at the University of Siena’s Santa Chiara Lab, dedicated to the world of research and researchers from all over Europe, and where the event “Youth-led projects for the sustainable development of the Mediterranean: the network of SDSN (Youth) Med” took place. Green Growth Generation also participated.

Organized by SDSN (Sustainable Development Solutions Network) Mediterranean and SDSN Youth Mediterranean, the meeting was designed as a space for students, young innovators, entrepreneurs and researchers to present sustainability projects and initiatives in the Mediterranean region, with a particular focus on the agri-food sector.

What is SDSN Mediterranean?

This is the regional hub for the Mediterranean region of the Global United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN). It was launched in 2012 by the then secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, to support research and innovation in sustainable development. Through a wide range of projects and partnerships, SDSN Mediterranean aims to mobilize scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society and the private sector to foster sustainable growth in the Mediterranean region.

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To do so, it also relies on the valuable contribution of various youth volunteer networks: among them the SDSN Youth Mediterranean, which alone brings together as many as 80 youth organizations from 16 different countries. Operating under SDSN Youth, the goal of the SDSN Youth Mediterranean is to inspire and engage youth to become active agents of change toward the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Three key words: education, networking and cooperation.

The Mediterranean Youth Solutions Report 2022

The Bright Night (European Researchers’ Night) was also an opportunity to present the Mediterranean Youth Solutions Report 2022: purpose of the publication – which showcases a number of highly innovative projects – to encourage greater youth mobilization on multiple levels-local, regional, national-as part of the so-called ‘Decade of Action,’ the call to action launched in 2019 by UN Secretary-General António Guterres to boost the implementation of the Agenda 2030 United Nations.

Among the projects presented, Green Growth Generation’s Farmer Community Accelerator, launched in Lebanon in October 2021 as part of Green Growth’s Food & Sustainable Agriculture program.
“The goal is to strengthen the environmental, social and economic sustainability of local producers by connecting local farmers with the many other communities present: consumers, suppliers, and institutional stakeholders,”
explained GGG founder and program creator Gabriella Esposito, among the event’s keynote speakers: “a small but highly strategic state for the trade routes of the eastern Mediterranean area.”

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