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•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...

•The European Investment Bank grants €70 million loan to the EuroMed University of Fes, a flagship project of the Union for the Mediterranean to contribute towards regional integration and stability through the promotion of international mobility, intercultural dialogue and cooperation in the fields of higher education, research and innovation •The loan represents a substantial contribution for the construction of the University’s eco-campus which will have the capacity to host over 6,000 students coming from all the Euro-Mediterranean countri...
•Ministers from the 5+5 Dialogue countries adopted a new set of concrete actions for 2017-2018 at the 3rd Ministerial Conference of the 5+5 Dialogue on the promotion of research, innovation and higher education . Priority topics range from the consolidation of networks and mobility to promotion of entrepreneurship and access to infrastructures. •Synergies with UfM initiatives and projects such as the Mediterranean Initiative for Jobs (Med4Jobs), the EuroMed University of Fes, and the EMUNI University will be encouraged. •Italy will host in 2019 the fourth Meeting of Ministers in charg...
•The southern shores of the Mediterranean are among the world’s most water-scarce areas. More than 180 million people in the region are considered water poor and an additional 60 million face water stress. •There is great potential to reuse wastewater in the Mediterranean region as currently only around 1% of it is recycled. •So far UfM Member States have approved eight projects in the field of water and the environment representing about €430 million in investment for the region. These projects aim to provide access to water, contribute to the depollution of the Mediterranean while p...