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Stability | Growth | Cooperation
30 May - 1 June 2018 | Athens, Greece

Agenda 2018

Wednesday May 30th 2018
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030
12:00 - 13:00
Registrations
13:30 - 14:00
Key-note introduction: "SDGs, Instrument for a better world"
14:00 - 16:00
Education for Innovation & Sustainable Development (UN SDG No.4)

The session is directly related to the SDGs No.4 (Quality Education) and No.9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), whilst indirectly with SDGs No.5 (Gender Equality), No.8 (Decent Work & Economic Growth) and No.10 (Reducing Inequalities)

Session Speakers

Session Moderator

16:00 - 16:30
Break
16:30 - 18:30
Sustainable Consumption & Production moving towards circular economy (UN SDG No.12)

The Session directly connected with the SDGs No.12 (Responsible Consumption & Production) and No.9 ((Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), whilst indirectly with SDGs No.8 (Decent Work & Economic Growth), No.11 (Sustainable Cities & Communities) and No.13 (Climate Action).

18:30 - 19:00
Moderators Conclusions
20:00 - 22:00
Official dinner (by invitation only)
Thursday 31 May 2018
Summit «Rail, Road, Rivers Connectivity to the EU via Balkan Region» | Digital Markets | Energy Affairs | Women in Leadership | Circular Economy
09:00 - 09:20
Welcome notes
09:20 - 09:30
Forum Inauguration
09:30 - 11:30
S/1: EU, Balkans, Black Sea perspectives | Policy Summit «Rail, Road, Rivers Connectivity to the EU via Balkan Region»

Balkans and Black Sea region is at the interests of the EU, China, Russia and other world’s superpowers. Major initiatives, such as the EU Western Balkan initiative, the Balkan Silk Road and China-CEE 16+1 initiative (BRI 2013), denoting a power shift on energy, air-sea-land connectivity, infrastructures-logistics–hubs networks, in the emerging economies of the region. Hi-level public officials shaping regional challenges and opportunities.

Session Speakers

11:30 - 12:00
Break (sponsored by SALFO & ASSOCIATES SA)
12:00 - 13:30
S/2: Digital markets-crossover economies: "Cyber security & ICT assurance"

After steam power, electricity and IT, the fourth industrial revolution will again fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to each other. Digitalization brings about changes in production methods and shifts patterns of consumption. It presents risks as well as opportunities, and offers chances for inclusion as well as exclusion. This double-edged sword is addressed in this session on the digital economy and innovation. Local, national and global contexts, competitiveness, public policies, transformation of business models, transformation and prospects for innovation from a regional perspective. Optimization is a process, not an end state. Collecting information, tracking trends, testing new rules and staying competitive in the continuously changing digital economy are key to holistic approach and effective management.

Session Speakers

Session Moderator

13:30 - 14:30
Luncheon
14:30 - 16:00
S/3: Energy affairs
16:00 - 16:15
Break (sponsored by SALFO & ASSOCIATES SA)
16:15 - 17:45
S/4 (Parallel): Women in leadership: “How can the private sector advance gender equality and women's empowerment?”

The Panel will showcase organizations and private sector that advance gender equality and women’s empowerment at the workplace, marketplace and communities by incorporating best practices and gender-sensitive policies. The overall objective of the panel is to raise Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) awareness among all participants and encourage more companies in the Balkans and Black Sea region to sign onto the WEPs.

Session Speakers

Session Moderator

16:15 - 17:45
S/5 (Parallel): Green growth & circular economy: "New technologies for solid waste management and eco-innovation"

This year session is focused on solid waste management (collection, sorting, recovery of materials, recycling, waste to energy but also bio-gas and bio-fuels), as well as to Eco-innovation and new technologies towards environmental friendly solutions.

Attention will be also given to the management of waste water and sludge and the reuse of them as a product, along with RES about food waste, biomass, green waste and agricultural waste as energy resources.

Session Speakers

Session Moderator

17:45 - 18:00
Break
19:30 - 21:30
Networking dinner
Friday 1 June 2018
Maritime, Transports, Infrastructures | Higher Education-Business Innovation | Culture, Sustainable Tourism
08:45 - 09:00
Welcome Notes
09:00 - 11:00
S/6: Maritime, Transports, Infrastructures, Hubs | Business Summit «Rail, Road, Rivers Connectivity to the EU via Balkan Region»

Session aims to highlight the means of transport, infrastructures and hubs as key vehicle for economic development. From airports to ports and the hinterland connections, a trans-European efficient transport network requires deeper cooperation and regional coordination in order to connecting people and facilitating trade exchanges.

Session Speakers

Session Moderator

11:00 - 11:30
Break
11:30 - 13:00
S/7 (Parallel): Higher Education-Innovation: "Digital Transformation & Innovation, the role of technology in driving future changes"

In an era that the business environment is changing constantly, higher education is considered as a critical player for the future. “Smart Institutions” recognize the need to incorporate experience-based learning, focusing on skills adapted to real-word business challenges. The emergence of new collaborative education models reinvents education by blending career and technical skills, with a number of affiliated companies to provide practical workplace experience with internships. To support growth, economic development and social change, higher education is progressively adapting to new technologies, collaborating with industry forces towards shaping a new ecosystem in an evolving world. This session deploys business schools “learning by flow” education with regards to today’s workforce and skills requirements, highlighting business’ needs for creating, delivering, and capturing value for generating revenues in order to remain competitive.

Session Speakers

Session Moderator

11:30 - 13:00
S/8 (Parallel): Culture - Sustainable Tourism: "The Internet of things in Tourism & Cultural industries"

Tourism and Culture stands a major source of income for many countries, considered a people-oriented industry which provides jobs and helps revitalizing local economies. Although the impacts of the massive form of tourism usually results social dislocation, loss of cultural heritage, economic dependence and ecological degradation. Tourism need to be sustainable, protecting tangible and intangible cultural heritage, respecting local society and the travelers, but moreover to benefit the people and the environment of the host country. This session shares policies and information of responsible management in hotel, cruise, air transportations, tour-operators and showcases practices to optimizing cooperation at intra-regional level.

Session Speakers

Session Moderator

13:45 - 14:00
Forum Declaration
14:00 - 17:30
Field visit program