Participation of Mr. Miltiadis Makrygiannis, PABSEC Deputy Secretary General, to the 9th International Scientific Conference on Energy and Climate Change, Athens, 12-14 October 2016
The 9th International Conference on “Energy and Climate Change” took place in Athens, Greece, at the Athens University History Museum of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – NKUA, during 12-14 October 2016 and it was held under the auspices of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC).
Based on the existing situation of the climate change policies in the BSEC countries, the Conference brought together scientists, policy and decision makers and market stakeholders, facilitating the knowledge transfer regarding these critical issues, in the context of the regional economic cooperation.
This year, the Conference purpose was to contribute to increasing the world momentum for developing and implementing converging deep decarbonisation pathways, in the light of the COP 21 Summit which took place in December 2015, in Paris.
Mr. Makrygiannis underlined that the BSEC Parliamentary Assembly has always laid emphasis on the issues of energy efficiency, green energy, environmental protection and green investments and it has adopted several Reports and Recommendations. These documents outline the PABSEC basic strategy concerning this issue.
As he has pointed out, all these documents underline the idea that national Parliaments have to pay more attention to policies and programs that achieve a suitable balance between development and environmental concerns, dealing more effectively with the global climate change and green challenges. National Parliaments should take a leadership role in promoting deeper understanding of green development issues which entail serious social, economic, and even security implications and should bring their contribution to facilitate taking decisions on an informed basis, regarding this all-encompassing challenge.
The Conference was divided into three (3) main parts:
• The first part was devoted to the policy dialogue and apart from distinguished scientists, high level officials from the Permanent International Secretariat (PERMIS), the Business Council (BSEC-BC) and the BSEC Parliamentary Assembly (PABSEC) brought their contributions. In addition, national representatives, members of the relevant BSEC Working Groups were also invited and presented their policies and activities related to Climate Change, as well.
• The second part was devoted to peer–review presentations and discussions, as in all the previous years.
• Finally, the third part was shaped as a “Brokerage session” that brought together scientists, policy makers and market stakeholders and gave them the occasion to present their activities (projects and programs), to discuss about funding opportunities, especially in the context of Horizon 2020 calls and finally to increase the interaction of innovative ideas and the cooperation on common important topics.