Trieste’s Scientific Hub: A Driving Force for Sustainable Development And Global Partnerships

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by Edward Hunt

In the heart of Trieste lies the “ecosystem” of the international scientific hub, serving as the lever for sustainable development bearing the Trieste label. Comprising a collective of research entities and institutes, all nestled within our city, this coalition, bound by strategic partnerships, emerges as a formidable force – a strength aptly characterized by Caterina Petrillo, the president of Area Science Park – poised to tackle even the United Nations’ goals.

Trieste played host to a significant event, its scientific institutions taking center stage as the inaugural rendezvous for the #TogetherforSDGs campaign, spearheaded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Collaborating with FAO, UN SDG Action Campaign, the European Commission, CIHEAM IAMB of Bari, and Save the Children Italy, the campaign seeks to raise public awareness about sustainable development objectives.

“Trieste is a central hub propelling Italy’s diplomatic endeavors, thanks to the presence of this international scientific nucleus, vigorously supported by Italy and enabling our engagement with the global south,” noted Edmondo Cirielli, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Emphasizing the impactful use of funds designated for cooperation and development, Cirielli stated, “The money we allocate for cooperation and development is not squandered. By focusing on fair and sustainable development in the global south, we foster sustainability and a more peaceful world. It must be done in partnership; we cannot contemplate charity towards Africans.” This year, “Italian cooperation has increased from 35% to over 60% of funding towards Africa, both as grants and credits. We acquire resources, raw materials, and energy from Africa and must leave something in return.” This includes “infrastructures, investment in human capital, and training. If the African market grows, and we serve as the gateway to Africa, we stand to benefit. If the middle class in Africa expands, we can have a skilled workforce beneficial for many Italian companies in Africa. And if there are those who wish to migrate, as migration is also a right, we can train them in Africa legally, making them useful for the Italian economic process.”

As part of the Trieste itinerary, ongoing until November 18, interactive installations on Agenda 2030 have been showcased at the Salone degli Incanti, along with a dedicated focus on the role of port cities in sustainable development and educational workshops for young learners.

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Edward Hunt
Edward is a defence consultant working independently for various companies and governments. He has lived in Trieste since 2017 after moving with his family from London. Currently he also writes articles for various aerospace industry magazines, works with flight simulator game developers and corrects erroneous opinions in the FT comments sections like a Boss.

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