SDMed-IFA Joint Event 2009
Dear friends and colleagues,
We are pleased to invite you to participate in the "2nd French-Hellenic Meeting for Sustainable Development" initiated by SD-Med on the theme "Mediterranean basin, territorial cohesion and sustainable development : the outcomes of the french presidency"
The meeting will be held in Athens on 16 and 17 March 2009 in the auditorium of the French Institute of Athens. The event will take place under the auspices of the French Embassy in Greece, the support of the Hellenic Parliament and the aegis of the Ministries of Interior, of Economy and Finance and of Culture aims to present the results of the French Presidency on the issue of territorial cohesion and to contribute to the development of dialogue and synergies on " mediterranean response" in view of the Green Paper on territorial cohesion which was published on 7 October 2008 by the European Commission.
The initiative for this event is taken by the SD-MED Observation, which is a Greek-French initiative and works for the cooperation between the structures of various levels (local, regional, national, international) and those of civil society who are actively integrated into the issues of territorial cohesion and sustainable development in the Mediterranean basin. The event is not just a convention, but a great public debate under the coordination of journalists and will be transmitted by the media: it will focus on the specifics of Balkan and Mediterranean environments, natural, social, economic... and will approach policies and programs aimed at enhancing territorial cohesion, putting in the heart of debates the coastal, island and mountainous regions.
Host of the event - to bring together professionals, experts, academics, researchers, senior government and local authorities and politicians, but also citizens and non-governmental organizations- is the strategic spatial planning and sustainable development Laboratory of Panteion University in cooperation and networking with the University of Paris I-Pantheon-Sorbonne and other universities in Greece, the Eastern Mediterranean Region and the Balkans (Italy , Spain, Turkey, Cyprus, Bulgaria ....).
The Congress languages are French and Greek with simultaneous translation.
On behalf of the organizing committee, we hope to see you soon in Athens!
Dr Stella Kyvelou
Assistant Professor, Panteion University