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Nairobi (Kenya), 10 May 2017.  UfM Deputy Secretary General Ihab Fahmy addressed the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) on the occasion of its 26th session held at the United Nations Offices in Nairobi, Kenya on 8 -12 May 2017.

This Governing Council (GC26), which takes place a few months after the Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016, was centred on ´Opportunities for the effective implementation of the adopted New Urban Agenda´. The meeting addressed pressing issues such as in...

•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...

• The 4th AECHE Conference aims to strengthen a process of dialogue and cooperation between universities in European, Mediterranean and Gulf countries, supported by the Union for the Mediterranean Secretariat. • The 150 participants from the political and academic worlds, the research community and civil society of the Mediterranean region highlighted the crucial role that research and innovation plays in resolving social issues in the fields of water, energy and food security.

Rabat, 26 April 2017. A delegation from the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Secretariat, headed by dip...

•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...