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·Ministers in charge of housing, municipal affairs and urban development affirmed their commitment to reinforce cooperation and adopted the UfM Urban Agenda, with the aim of promoting and achieving sustainable urban development in the region. ·The Ministerial Conference witnessed the launch of the UfM-labelled “Imbaba Urban Upgrading Project” positively impacting 2 million inhabitants.

Gathered today in Cairo on the occasion of the 2nd Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Ministerial Conference on Sustainable Urban Development, the Ministers in charge of housing, municipal affairs and u...

•Maltese Minister Konrad Mizzi, European Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete and UfM Deputy Secretary General Borrego, inaugurate today in Valetta (Malta) the Informal High level meeting on Energy Efficiency in the Mediterranean. •UfM Ministers in charge of energy, government representatives and stakeholders will discuss how to enhance regional cooperation on energy efficiency solutions.

Valletta (Malta), 18-19 May 2017. This informal meeting is held within the framework of the UfM Energy and Climate Action Agenda and is part of the UfM Energy Platforms, which aim to deliver a secure, aff...

•The UfM Secretariat participated in the 4th Summit of Presidents of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (PA-UfM), which took place in Rome on 12 May under the outgoing presidency of Laura Boldrini, President of the Italian Parliament, and Pietro Grasso, President of the Italian Senate. Ali Abdel Aal, Speaker of the Egyptian House of Representatives, was elected as the new President. •The 13th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly, which took place on 13 May, gathered more than 300 parliamentarians from UfM countries to discuss the current challenges and o...
•UfM Foreign Affairs Ministers give strong political impulse to the Union for the Mediterranean by endorsing a new Roadmap for Action. •The UfM consolidates an action-driven methodology with a common ambition by creating effective links between the policy dimension and its operational translation into concrete projects and initiatives on the ground. •10 new projects were labelled in 2016. The year concludes with a total of 47 region-wide projects with a budget of €5.3 billion. The tangible positive impact from the first wave of projects is already visible involving over 200,000 benefic...
•35 engaged young men and women from 24 countries from the north and south of the Mediterranean exchanged on ideas and shared experiences for better cooperation on youth priorities in the Mediterranean region.

Barcelona, 10 May 2017.  The seminar ‘Bridging Youth Across the Mediterranean’ jointly hosted by the UfM Secretariat and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation came to a close today following one and a half days of open exchange, debate and sharing of ideas among each other and with experts of the region.

Throughout the seminar, 35 young women and men representing youth organisations fr...

•Research Ministers from the UfM Member States gathered today in Malta in order to strengthen Euro-Mediterranean regional cooperation through research and innovation. •The priority topics addressed were research and innovation’s role in addressing the root causes of migration and promoting ‘blue’ jobs and growth in the Mediterranean as well as the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area - PRIMA.

The Ministerial Conference on “Strengthening Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation through Research and Innovation” was held on 4 May 2017 in Valetta under the auspi...

•Ministers in charge of water from the UfM Member States recalled that the Mediterranean region is particularly vulnerable to water scarcity and that climate change exacerbates the pressure on existing water resources in the region. •They agreed to develop a Union for the Mediterranean Water Agenda to help UfM Member States implement sustainable and integrated water management policies and contribute to a sustainable livelihood for the region’s citizens, recalling the importance of the Paris agreement and reaffirming their commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development. •M...

On 10 April, 2017, the Heads of State or Government  of Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain convened in Madrid at the 3rd Summit of Southern European Union Countries, where they reaffirmed their support to the Union for the Mediterranean and stressed its “central role in the consolidation of Euro-Mediterranean regional cooperation, as an expression of co-ownership in the management of our common regional agenda in order to effectively and collectively address our current challenges”.

The Madrid Declaration, adopted at the end of the Summit, also refers to the revi...

•An extensive survey of over 1,200 women entrepreneurs from 6 UfM countries was conducted by UNIDO in the framework of the UfM-labelled project “Promoting women empowerment for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development in the MENA region”. •The report will give a new understanding on women entrepreneurs’ perceptions and will help policymakers to have a clearer picture of perceptions and expectations by laying out a set of policy recommendations.

Barcelona, 10 April, 2017. The survey, conducted in the 6 countries covered by the UfM-labelled project “Promoting women empowerm...

• The 2017 EMUNI Annual Conference, held in Piran on 5-6 April, brought together policy makers, academics, business sector representatives and young leaders from the Euro-Mediterranean region. • Participants highlighted the crucial role of higher education institutions in forging responsible and committed citizens while fostering youth employability and developing entrepreneurship skills.

The EMUNI University held on 5-6 April in Piran, its Annual Conference under the title “Youth, Employability and Entrepreneurship: The Role of Higher Education Institutions”. The Conference, wh...