Highlights of the 2nd SDSN EGD SWG report & SDSN Global Climate Hub


 2nd report of the SDSN Senior Working Group on EGD & SDSN Global Climate Hub


The presentation of the 2nd Report of the SDSN Senior Working Group on the European Green Deal, entitled “Financing the Joint Implementation of Agenda 2030 and the European Green Deal” took place on Tuesday, May 3rd, during a public debate moderated by the head of the writing team, Professor Phoebe Koundouri, with the participation of, among others, the main authors of the report, Greek government ministers and MEPs. More than 500 people watched the event, which was broadcast live on YouTube.

The event kicked off with high level remarks from keynote speakers including Prof. Yannis Ioannidis from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens and Athena Research & Innovation Center, Prof. Christos Zerefos from the Academy of Athens and Prof. Jeffrey Sachs from Columbia University, President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

On the occasion of the presentation of the report, Prof. Phoebe Koundouri announced the SDSN Global Climate Hub (GCH), which will be co-chaired by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Prof. Phoebe Koundouri, Prof. Yannis Ioannidis, Prof. Christos Zerefos and Prof. Andreas Papandreou and will be launched next July during the “Workshop on Ancient Wisdom for Modern Challenges” in Athens. The Hub will bring together scholars and researchers from around the world to work collaboratively to address the most pressing challenges related to climate change and to identify sustainable pathways through the instruments of technology, finance, and policy.



Prof. Phoebe Koundouri presented the key messages and conclusions from each chapter of the report while the co-authors, Dr. Carlo Papa,  Prof. Marzio Galeotti, Mr. Ketan Patel, Prof. Theodoros Zachariadis and Prof. Stefan Brunnhuber, presented the chapters of the report that they contributed.



The audience then heard from a series of high-level national ministerial, MEPs and policy making representatives, including Christos Staikouras, Minister of Finance; Christos Dimas, Minister of Research and Innovation; Christos Stylianidis, Minister for the Climate Crisis and Civil Protection and Teresa Ribera, Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister for the Ecological Transition. Maria Spyraki, Member of the European Parliament, Greece, Udo Bullmann, Member of the European Parliament, Germany, Petros Kokkalis, Member of the European Parliament, Greece, Kristy Bartolo, Advisor to the Minister, Ministry for Environment, Energy and Enterprise, Malta, Markus H.-P. Müller, Managing Director, Global Head of Chief Investment Office Private Bank at Deutsche Bank, Massamba Thioye, Project Executive UNFCCC Global Innovation Hub at UN Climate Change, and Roland Schatz, Founder and CEO of United Nations Global Sustainability Index Institute UNGSII Foundation.



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Prof. Yannis Ioannidis is candidate for president of ACM, Association for Computing Machinery



Prof. Yannis Ioannidis, University of Athens, co-chair of the SDSN Global Climate Hub, and former President of Athena Research & Innovation Center, is candidate for president of ACM, Association for Computing Machinery.

Prof. Ioannidis is Associated Faculty at the Athena Research & Innovation Center, where he also served as the President and General Director for 10 years (2011-2021). His research interests include Database and Information Systems, Data Science, Data and Text Analytics, Scalable Data Processing, Data Infrastructures and Digital Repositories, and Recommender Systems and Personalization, topics on which he has published over 160 articles in leading journals and conferences and also holds three patents.

To all of you who are members of the Association for Computing Machinery, the biggest international scientific organization focused on Art, Science, Engineering and Application of Computing, you may learn more about the candidacy of Yannis Ioannidis here.  

Regarding the mission of the new Global Climate Hub, he has stated the following: “As a candidate for president of ACM, Association for Computing Machinery, I hope that ACM will establish mechanisms for close collaboration with the new Hub as well as UN SDSN as a whole, so that computing professionals intensify their efforts to bring their much needed technical expertise to the service of all Sustainable Development Goals.”

Additional information on Prof. Ioannidis’ candidacy can be found on the following links: CV and candidacy statement, Q&A process, Q&A Round 1, Q&A Round 2 .

To all members of the Association for Computing Machinery, we invite you to VOTE until the 23rd of May (16:00 UTC)!!!


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