Wednesday 23 October 2019, 9.00 a.m.

Maschio Angioino Castle - Naples






COP21 GIOVANI meets in Naples with representatives of different Mediterranean countries, to prepare for the big event that will be held in the Neapolitan city from 2 to 5 December 2019. For the first time, young people will become protagonists on the 21st Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Regions of the Mediterranean, making a concrete contribution in terms of climate change, blue economy, biodiversity, environmental pollution, food security, economic gaps.

Visions, perspectives, analyses and proposals will emerge and be discussed together with the reports of the working groups for the elaboration of a final document that will be presented at COP21 in December for a sustainable development in the Mediterranean area.



Registration of participants


Sergio Costa
Ministro dell’Ambiente, della Tutela del Territorio e del Mare

Maria Carmela Giarratano
Direttore generale per la protezione della Natura e del Mare - Ministero dell’Ambiente, della Tutela del Territorio e del Mare)

10.00 - 11.00    

Presentation of the themes:

Ilias Mavroeidis
UN Environment/Mediterranean Action Plan - UNEP/MAP

Desiree Quagliarotti
CNR/ISMed - General Rapporteur

Stefania Toraldo
SDSN Mediterranean c/o Santa Chiara Lab - University of Siena

11.00 -11.30             

Pausa Caffe

11.30 – 13.00

Plenary discussion, introduced by Salvatore Giugliano, on the perspective and role of young people in the protection of the marine environment in the Mediterranean region and its sustainable development.


  • What are the main challenges in the field of sustainable development in the Mediterranean region and what are the possible solutions?
  • Climate change has serious consequences for ecosystems, health, food security, poverty, etc.
  • What are the most worrying impacts in the Mediterranean region and what urgent action is needed to prevent them?
  • Political leaders, meeting at COP21, will make some commitments to protect the Mediterranean Sea. The political declaration they will sign will aim to:
  1. Combat marine litter, also by reducing the use of disposable plastics;
  2. Strengthen Protected Areas;
  3. Tackling Climate Change; 3. Promoting the blue economy. What are the key messages that young people want to send to Cop21?

Division into Working Groups, coordinated by rapporteurs CNR/ISMed and SDSN Mediterranean.

1.00 pm - 2.30 pm           

Light Lunch

2.30 pm- 4.30 pm           

Discussion in working groups

4.30 pm - 5.30 pm           

Plenary: Coordinators/rapporteur present the results of the groups. Conclusions of the CNR General Rapporteur.  Draft of the final document to be presented at COP21.




General Rapporteur and scientific contact for ISMed:

Desiree Quagliarotti This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.