5th Sustainable Development Festival
New Metropolitan Perspectives
28 September – 14 October 2021│ Hybrid

Now in its fifth edition, the Sustainable Development Festival organized by the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS), is the largest Italian initiative to raise awareness and mobilize citizens, younger generations, businesses, associations and institutions on the issues of economic, social and environmental sustainability, spread the culture of sustainability and bring about a cultural and political change that will allow Italy to implement the United Nations 2030 Agenda and achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 2021 edition of the Festival will be held from September 28 to October 14, in a hybrid format, in-person and online to stimulate reflection on the important issues raised by the pandemic. The initiatives will take place throughout Italy and online. The events that will make up the calendar of the event can also take place in the “surroundings” of the Festival, that is in the week before (September 21-27) and in the week after (October 15-21).

Also this year the Festival will not stop at national borders, but will be open to the whole world. In fact, the collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (Maeci) continues with the aim of spreading the messages of the event abroad, through the involvement of the Italian diplomatic offices.  In addition, according to the agreement defined between ASviS and the Commissariat of Italy for Expo 2020 Dubai, the Festival will also be an opportunity to emphasize the link between beauty and sustainability, the central theme of the Italian Pavilion in Dubai.

It is possible to take part in the realization of a sustainable future by organizing an event in the Festival. Through the appropriate form it is possible to propose events, following the guidelines for the organization.


During the Sustainable Development Festival, the Italian University Network for Sustainable Development (RUS) along with Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS) in collaboration with the University of Bari Aldo Moro, organize the MaPathon, a co-operative mapping challenge of a developing country with the aim of increasing the international collaboration.

The initiative is sponsored by and organized in collaboration with UN Mappers, a community of mapping enthusiasts part of the Unite Maps, an initiative aiming at enriching topographic and operational data in UN missions.

MaPathon is also sponsored by SDSN Italia, the Italian Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).


2nd Edition La Mediterranea and Sustainable Development: theories and good practices
Opportunities and Risks for New Modes of Anthropization Between sustainability, innovation and fragility a new ORMA for space

Green, Reforestation, Wood Chain and Water: basic elements of the ecological transition, 12 October, webinar, 16,00 – 18,00 (CET)

aimed at highlighting how these choices can lead to an increase in local and urban resilience, counteract desertification as well as being opportunities for development and production of renewable energy


F. C. Morabito Deputy Rector Delegate for Internationalization and International Relations.


  • Giovanna Valverde-Stark, Ambassador of Costa Rica to Kenya, formerly responsible in several guises at the Climate Conferences from COP17 to Cop25, Permanent Representative of UNEP, UN-Habitat
  • Ida Maria Orula, Development Center PRO MAGISTER, Pärnu, Estonia: Teaching environment and suistainability in the schools: Estonian experience
  • Armando Zambrano President of the Italian National Council of Engineers – CNI (pending confirmation)
  • Regional Park of Serre and Municipality of Bivongi
  • Adriana Zacarias Farah, Senior Project Management Officer, Head of Global Opportunities for Sustainable Development Goals (GO4SDGs)
  • Anna Luise ISPRA – Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, report on Land degradation
  • Domenico Enrico Massimo, University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Cork as a resource for the territory and for development
  • Vincenzo Linarello, President of GOEL – Cooperative Group
  • Fabiola Fratini, University Sapienza of Rome, “Urban forestation: innovation, dissemination and tiny-tree-based solutions”
  • Mauro Masiero, Univ Padova (pending confirmation)
  • André Torre, University Paris-Saclay, President of ERSA – European Regional Science Association

Goal 11 – Mobilize Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 12 – Influence Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 13 – Organize Climate Action

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For a smart development of the internal areas 29.09.2021, 11.00 – 13.00
Greetings from the Rector of the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, Marcello Santo Zimbone
Stefano Aragona, Mediterranean delegate to the University Network for Sustainable Development.
– Domenico Marino, Unirc: Presentation of the meeting: “Technological and ecological innovation for the sustainable development of the territory”
– Alberto Ziparo, Unifi: “Ecoterritorialist approaches from protection and rehabilitation to resilience and social self-sustainability of regional territories”
– Francesco Suraci, INU Calabria: “Regeneration of Internal Areas with the Mosaic of Places”
– Alberto De Capua, Unirc: “Sustainable technological choices in architectural and urban recovery”
– Piero Polimeni, GAL Area Grecanica: “The integrated SmartCommunity project essential for internal villages”
– Speeches and debate

Goal 11 – Sustainable cities and communities
Goal 12 – Responsible consumption and production
Goal 17 – Partnership for the Goals

Circular economy, harmonic innovation and sustainability, Head Domenico Marino, Partnership Entopan Innovation Hub, 30 September, Mixed – presence and Webinar, 11.00 – 13.00
Circular economy, harmonic innovation and sustainability
– Valerio Barberis – City Planning Councilor of Prato
– Andrea Bonaccorsi – Un. of Pisa
– Francesco Cicione – Entopan
– Luigino Filice – Unical
– Domenico Marino – Unirc
– Massimo Roj – CMR Project
– Entopan Innovation Hub

Goal 11 – Sustainable cities and communities
Goal 12 – Responsible consumption and production
Goal 17 – Partnership for the Goals

Energy Communities and Local Development, 30 September, webinar 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm.
– Father Enzo Fortunato, Sacred Convent of Assisi (awaiting confirmation)
– Katiuscia Eroe- Legambiente with the experiences of the Energy Community of San Giovanni in Teduccio (NA) and the Ecosustainable District in Arghillà (RC)
– Marco Bussone, President of UNCEM – National Union of Mountain Communities
– Francesca Moraci, Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria (pending confirmation)
– Michele Munafò, ISPRA – Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, “Photovoltaics and land consumption”
– Federico Butera, Politecnico di Milano, contribution on energy and “circular economy” (with reference also to his recent text)
– Municipality of Bivongi
– Department of University, Scientific Research and Education of the Calabria Region (pending confirmation)
– Department of Ecological Transition and Digital Transformation (Environment and Natural Resources, Energy, Digital Agenda and Green Investments) (pending confirmation)
Conclusions: Claudio De Capua, Vice Rector Delegate for technology transfer (pending confirmation)

Goal 7 – Clean and accessible energy
Goal 11 – Sustainable cities and communities
Goal 12 – Responsible consumption and production

River contracts: towards the ecological transformation of the territory
Between Opportunities and Risks for New Modes of Anthropization between sustainability, innovation and fragility a new ORMA for space, 7 October, webinar 16.00 – 18.00
research project promoted by the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, by the Universities of Rome Sapienza, Udine, Saassari, CNR – Turin with assistance from ISPRA
Introduction: N. Moraci Deputy Rector Delegate for Scientific Research (to be confirmed)

– Paola Cannavò et al., Unical et al. – Paola Cannavò et al., Unical et al.
– Francesca Asennato, ISPRA
– Regional School Office, Alfredo Pudano
– River contracts, Calabria Region, Elvira Costantino
– Municipality of Soverato
– Municipalities of Pazzano and Bivongi
– Calabria Region Environment Department (awaiting confirmation)
– Cristiana Avenali, Head of River Contracts and Villages, Lazio Region

Goal 6 – Clean water (6.6)
Goal 11 – Sustainable cities and communities
Goal 13 – Fight against climate change
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