Sahara Wind at the Athens Summit 2009 - The Road to Copenhagen: Managing Climate Change & Energy Security in Southeast Europe and Beyond 12th–13th May 2009, Athens, Greece

Hosted by FT Global Events in association with the Institute for Climate and Energy Security and C&C International Group of Companies, the summit brought together senior governmental officials, corporate leaders, financiers and experts to debate and discuss how the twin goals of energy security and managing climate change could be achieved to the benefit of all.

Sourcing and securing energy supplies and meeting climate change targets continue to be a top priority for policy makers around the world, despite the economic challenges.

For the countries of South East Europe and the Mediterranean, the challenge is to put in place energy strategies which meet global sustainability objectives whilst reflecting local conditions and priorities.

This region is in a unique geographical position as gateway to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. With the preparation of the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in 2009, the region's central role in best practice in intergovernmental cooperation had to be demonstrated. Guaranteeing energy supplies, good local practices in delivering efficiencies, driving investments and facilitating the speedy transition are all key elements to a regional low-carbon economy.

This is the second event of its kind. The previous Summit held a year before attracted more than 800 attendees.

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