Mediterranean SOS Network & Cosmote United for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

By Christina Kontaxi, MEDITERRANEAN SOS Network (MedSOS)

MEDITERRANEAN SOS Network (MedSOS) along with COSMOTE, member of OTE Group, leading telecommunication & pay TV provider in Greece, have initiated and are implementing a pioneer educational programme entitled “Ctrl Shift Save the Climate – Information and Communication Technologies as allies in climate protection”, an initiative which supports Indicator 13.3.1 of the SDG Goal 13. The educational package is licensed by the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. Under the UN Global Compact, in which COSMOTE participates, the aim is to mobilise a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders in order to create the world we want.

The programme’s objective is to educate and train students and educators, respectively, on the ways in which ICTs could contribute to energy saving and climate change mitigation and adaptation. The programme consists of interactive environmental education presentations to primary and secondary education students and training seminars to educators, aiming at familiarising them with climate change and effective methods and techniques for environmental education programmes. Moreover, awareness raising activities are organised for COSMOTE employees and families and the programme is disseminated in student festivals and related events and workshops. Future actions to be implemented under this cooperation include the identification of SDG Target 13 related actors and development of synergies at national and European level and promotion of the programme through participation in SDG Target 13 good practices events.

MEDITERRANEAN SOS Network (MedSOS) is a Greek non-profit, non-governmental organization active since 1990, that comprises of 120 Full Members who form its annual General Assembly and approximately 3000 Supporting Members. It aims are: 1) Public awareness raising and encouraging changes in citizens’ -especially youth- everyday behavior that impact on the environment, 2) Advocating, lobbying and promoting cooperation among social partners, stakeholders and policy-makers at local, national, regional level, 3) Promoting active public participation in sustainable development strategies and demonstrating alternative solutions in local communities, and 4) Promoting intercultural exchanges and balanced international cooperation among European – Mediterranean partners.

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