Sustainable Development at the Black Sea Conference
The “Sustainable Development at the Black Sea” (SUST-BLACK)Conference will take place in Bucharest on 8-9 May 2019 at the House of the Romanian Parliament (and an optional field trip in Danube-Delta on 10-11 May 2019).
The conference is a Romanian EU Council Presidency event, supported by the European Commission.
SUST-BLACK is the event where the ”Bucharest Declaration” of the scientific community will be issued, launching the Strategic Research and Innovation agenda for the Black Sea. Important contributions to this document have already been made by researchers and stakeholders from countries in the Black Sea basin and elsewhere in Europe, providing an excellent example of science diplomacy in this area. The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for the Black Sea will play a major role in better knowing the marine basin itself, its opportunities for Blue Growth and for healthier and wealthier communities along its shores.
The conference will bring together all major categories of stakeholders with active and potential roles in building a sustainable and innovative society in the Black Sea region. Besides the research and academic communities, the Conference will bring together actors from all the Black Sea countries, supporting a smart connection between Europe and Asia, aiming to bring to life the “Silk Road” of the future. Decision and policy makers, academics, professionals, local communities, environmental NGOs, business persons will work together in five parallel sessions.
The scope is to identify policy options and priorities, as well as plan future actions. Outcomes of the parallel sessions will be used to strengthen and support the “Bucharest Declaration” aimed to build a Sustainable and Innovative Society around the Black Sea. The Conference will thus be a landmark also on a process started by the EC in 2016, which has grouped DG R&I, DG MARE, the Eastern Partnership and a group of researchers in the Black Sea countries to develop a strategic plan to back the smart and sustainable growth in the region.