The Sustainability Summit for southeast Europe and the Mediterranean
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  Wednesday, November 30th 2016
08:00 Registration and refreshments
09:00 Chairpersons' opening remarks: 
THE ECONOMIST’S FORECAST:
WHAT WOULD THE REPERCUSSIONS BE IF US PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP
“CANCELLED” THE PARIS AGREEMENT? 

John Andrews, consultant editor, The Economist
Miranda Johnson, environment correspondent, The Economist
09:15

Official opening
THE GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT AGENDA TO 2030 AND BEYOND
Embedding the 2030 UN agenda
 The importance of the circular economy

Ibrahim Thiaw, deputy executive director, UNEP, assistant secretary-general, United Nations

PUTTING GREECE’S OBJECTIVES IN MOTION
Redefining the agenda on the debt crisis and sustainability
Incorporating SDGs into business strategy

Socrates Famellos, alternate minister of environment and energy, Greece
Konstantinos Skrekas, MP, head of energy, environment & climate change sector, New Democracy party, former minister of development and competitiveness, Greece

IN CONVERSATION WITH CEOs:
Emmanuel Panagiotakis, chairman & CEO, Greek Public Power Corporation
Mihalis Theodorakopoulos, vice-president & managing director, Hellas Gold
Nikolaos Chatziargyriou, chairman & CEO, Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator (HEDNO)

10:00Discussion
10:40
A YEAR AFTER THE PARIS CLIMATE CHANGE AGREEMENT:
Should we expect changes in the new US administration policies?
Is the world on track to end poverty by 2030?
How long will we live?
What is the UK’s position on sustainability after the referendum on Brexit?
▪ What environmental risks are we facing?

Graeme Maxton
, secretary-general, The Club of Rome
Wolfgang Fengler, lead economist, The World Bank
Nick Molho
, executive director, Aldersgate Group, UK
Spyros Kouvelis, former vice-minister for foreign economic, cultural and environmental affairs, former MP

▪ Debt relief for a living economy in Greece: the WWF response
Demetres Karavellas, executive director, WWF Greece
11:15Discussion
11:45Break
12:15TURNING SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES INTO OPPORTUNITIES
Yiannis Tsironis, alternate minister of rural development and food, Greece
Rintaro Tamaki, deputy secretary-general, OECD 

The role of the institutions:
Andreas Andreadis, president, Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE)
Yanni Paniaras, chairman, SEV Council for Sustainable Development
George Stefanopoulos, general manager, Greek Mobile Operators Association (EEKT)

 
The business response:
Athanasios Polychronopoulos, executive chairman, Polyeco Group
Tassos Vassilopoulos, CIO, DHL Express Greece, Cyprus, Malta
Panagiotis Skiadas, sustainability director, Viohalco, Cenergy Holdings 
13:15 Discussion 
13:40THE STATE OF CLIMATE DIPLOMACY FOLLOWING THE US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
▪ The NGO perspective
 Achievements and challenges: What next?
Disrupting economies and business plans in meeting climate goals 
One year after the Paris agreement: are we still on track?

Nikos Charalambides, executive director, Greenpeace Greece
Vasilis G. Gregoriou
, director & chairman of the board, National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF)
Michael Spanos, managing director, Global Sustain Group
14:05 Discussion
14:20TECHNOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT GO HAND IN HAND
 Special presentation of the: Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge, China

Haim Dotan, founder & CEO, Haim Dotan Ltd. Architects & Urban Designers, Tel Aviv, Israel
14:35Discussion
15:00OFFICIAL LUNCHEON
Guest of honour and keynote speaker:
George Stathakis, minister of environment and energy, Greece
16:30End of conference sessions
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