(AGI) - Milan, 28 sept. - The Second World Regions Forumstarted work today, Wednesday 28 September. The forum iscomposed of sub-national administrations from the world's mostdynamic and innovative areas. This year's event, held at thenew Fiera Milano City Convention Centre has as its theme'Multilevel governance and civil society for innovation andgrowth'. Governors and delegates are present from about 130regions, including Illinois, Massachusetts, Quebec, Nuevo Leon,Sao Paulo State, Buenos Aires Province, Gauteng,Baden-Wurttemberg, Madrid region, Rhone-Alpes, Catalonia, StPetersburg, Shanghai Region, Singapore, and Maharashtra, whichtogether with Lombardy, are working to develop innovative formsof partnership based on flexible consultation, openness, andlack of bureaucracy Today, the first working day after thewelcome and the introduction by president Formigoni, will be anopportunity for business, universities and research bodies fromthe partner regions to meet and discuss. (AGI) .