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24 November 2020 @ 10:00 - 12:00

OPENING SESSION Islands as laboratories of innovation and climate change mitigation.

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Global awareness on climate change is sharply increasing alongside its effects. Nowadays, environmental disasters are very frequent and their impact risks to be bigger than the pandemic. 

 Best practices on energy, water, mobility, waste, agriculture, blue growth and sustainable tourism have demonstrated that it possible to reduce emissions and costs at the same time.   

 Governments all over the world are introducing new policies promoting innovative and flexible solutions to support greater autonomyresilience and sustainability of communities. The session will deepen how islands can be laboratories for testing innovative circular economy solutions able to mitigate climate change.  


Draft Agenda

  • 10.00            Introduction & Moderation                                                                

Gianni Chianetta – Director, Greening the Islands


  • 10.10             Presentations 

Sainivalati S. Navoti – Chief of SIDS Unit, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)

Gurbuz Gonul – Director, Country Engagement and Partnerships – International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Catharina Sikow-Magny – Director Internal Energy Market”, Directorate General of EnergyEuropean Commission

Konstantina Toli – Senior Programme Officer, Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP– Med)

Amani Alfarra Water Resources Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)


  • 11.10            Round table – The point of view of the islands

Kate Brown – Executive Director, Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)

Giuseppe Sciacca – Executive Secretary CPMR (Conference Peripheral Maritime Regions) Islands Commission

Joseph Borg – Chairman, INSULEUR (The Association of the EU Islands Chambers of Commerce)

Christopher G. Zamora – Senior Manager, ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE)

Gonzalo Piernavieja Izquierdo – Director, Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias (ITC)

Stefano Moncada – Director, Islands and Small States Institute – Lecturer, Institute for European Studies, University of Malta


  • 11.50            Wrap-up & conclusions





24 November 2020
10:00 - 12:00
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Greening the Islands