Polyeco Group participated at the ECONOMIST Conference for The Second Sustainability Summit for South East Europe and the Mediterranean, which was held from the 1st to the 2nd of October 2018, in Athens Hilton Hotel.
Following the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals within the context of Agenda 2030, governments and the private sector are working on establishing ways and practices that will allow efficient and effective implementation of the Goals.
On the way to achieving sustainability by 2030, technological developments, innovative practices and materials, sustainable investment and new partnerships are being pursued, with the hope to lead humanity to this new era of development and welfare. On the other hand, conceptual challenges, weak governance structures and institutions, limited transparency and financing restrictions are only some of the shortcomings that hinder progress toward this end.
The main topics of the conference were:
- Can these shortcomings be overcome?
- Can modern tools, action plans and initiatives be created and implemented to effectively engage in the promotion of the SDGs?
- Is it possible to cut across the isolation of sectors and create synergies overcoming the Silo Effect?
- How will private businesses at the national and global level turn this challenge into new opportunities and prepare for the future?
Mr. Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Executive Chairman of Polyeco Group, was a main speaker at the conference’s session NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND EDUCATION FACILITATING THE SDGs. During his speech, of which the main subject was the: “Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative (PCAI): a successful example of implementing SDGs through education and new media art”, he mentioned:
“Presenting high business ethics and social responsibility, Polyeco SA has launched its ambitious and highly successful Contemporary Art Initiative, Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative (PCAI), a nonprofit organization primarily aiming at raising public environmental awareness, implicitly addressing the crucial issue of waste management, which is not only technical but environmental and social.”
Among other things, he gave the example of an innovative educational program for schools in Greece and abroad: ““PCAI designed an innovative educational program for schools in Greece and abroad. In the summer of 2017, the PCAI Junior Learning Platform was set up to help children and adolescents understand crucial, ecological issues that affect their place of residence. The groundbreaking training program is based on the experiential game, while giving the young participants the opportunity to explore the art of collage, animation, illustration, script writing and cinema“.