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CEO Platform at COP 19 – Interview with Stefania Romano

Nov 11, 2013 | News

Through the Regional Environmental Center, the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea has launched an initiative aimed at helping the Middle East and North Africa region to move to a greener economy, says Stefania Romano, the Center’s Head of Italian Trust Fund.

The initiative in the MENA uses businesses to mobilise the region towards green growth. Romano says the commitment and competence, momentum and strong ambition is there, and through the Center they intend to further this change of pace by creating a platform where CEOs can share their ideas.

She emphasizes the goal is to use what they are doing in the MENA as a model for other regions, because although mitigation and adaptation is expensive, inaction is much more expensive.

Romano says despite the frustration of how slowly the talks are moving, this international process remains important, but she believes it is now time for all of us to stop saying “I care”, and instead say “I do.”