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Paris - Senior Deputy Secretary General Lino Cardarelli attended the high-level meeting on “SMEs & Entrepreneurship: Lesson from the global crisis and way forward to job creation and growth”. This seminar was held on 17-18 November 2010 the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the first OECD Ministerial Conference on SMEs (Bologna, June 2000).

Three main themes were covered during this high-level meeting: first of all, innovative SMEs and entrepreneurship for job creation and growth, second, improving SMEs and entrepreneurship financing and third, SMEs and green growth. During this con...

Marseille - A one-day meeting of the ARLEM Commission for Sustainable Development (SUDEV) was held on 8 November 2010 at the Conseil regional Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur in Marseille, to present and discuss the “Draft Report on Local Water Management”, prepared by a sub-committee of SUDEV. Deputy Secretary General Rafiq Husseini was warmly welcomed by Mr. Michel Vauzelle, SUDEV co-chairman, Filippo Terruso and Santiago Mondragon Vial, both members of the President’s Cabinet, Committee of the Regions.

Husseini gave a well-received presentation where he talked first about the UfMS visi...

Venice - The Forum was organized by CassaDepositi e Prestiti (CDP), in the context of the 2010 activities of the Long-Term Investors Club (LTIC) who promote investments.

The Long-Term Investors Club was created in 2009 by the European Investment Bank, the French Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, the Italian CassaDepositi e Prestiti and the German KfWBankengruppe, to bring together major long-term institutional investors and to coordinate their activities in the global economy in support of sustainable economic growth.

The Forum was a high-profile seminar and aimed at discussing the main ...

The world economic leaders of the Mediterranean region discussed the ways towards a better place of education.

During this very important annual gathering of world economic leaders from the private and public sector, particular emphasis was placed on the business and policy trade-offs required to boost resilience in an environment shaped by water scarcity and uncertainties surrounding energy and food security. Challenges emanating from the food-energy-water nexus and compounded by deficits in infrastructure investments, are at the core of The Middle East and North Africa at Risk 2010...

Barcelona - This conference was organized by Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii), a large industrial consortium launched in July 2009 aiming at facilitating and encouraging investments in the framework of the DESERTEC concept. Mediterranean renewable energy projects, in particular solar projects, were discussed with a particular focus on the financial tools required to make things happen.

The conference focused on topics linked to DII’s activities: power generation from the sun and wind in the deserts of the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) countries and transmission to local demand and to ...