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More than 350 participants from 16 Southern and Northern Mediterranean countries including green entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized enterprises, policy-makers, civil society organisations, financing institutions and business networks gathered on 18-20 October 2016, in Barcelona, to discuss and share the latest sustainable development initiatives and green innovations developed in the Mediterranean with the aim to achieve productive and circular economies.

Barcelona, 20 October 2016. The UfM Secretariat participated in the second edition of SwitchMed Connect, an annual gathering of...

• The Union for the Mediterranean Secretariat and the project’s sponsor, Ideaborn, met with various institutional stakeholders and field workers at the Institut Français in Tunis, all of whom are committed to promoting gender equality through education. • They were able to present the initial results of the project entitled “Forming Responsible Citizens” and share best practices in the efforts that have been implemented to combat violence and promote gender equality values in the region.

Education lies at the heart of creating a shared memory which consolidates the concept o...

The “Union for the Mediterranean – Urban Project Finance Initiative (UPFI)” networking event was a unique opportunity to build on the UPFI success story and discuss the best tools for implementing a “New Urban Agenda for the Mediterranean Region”, ahead of the next UfM Ministerial Conference on Sustainable Urban Development, which is to be held in Egypt in spring 2017.

From left to right: Ms. Anne Odic, Head of Local Authorities and Urban Development Division, Agence Française de Développement; H.E. Mr. Mohamed Salah Arfaoui, Minister of Equipment, Housing and Territorial Developme...

• Senior Officials representing the 43 Member States of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) held their fourth regular meeting this year to discuss the challenges facing the Euro-Mediterranean region and to approve several initiatives to promote regional stability, regional human development and regional integration. • Senior Officials approved two new regional cooperation projects to promote urban development and economic integration in the region, bringing the total number of UfM-labelled projects to 47, valued at more than €5 billion.

Brussels, 14 October 2016. At the fourth Sen...

• High-level participants stressed the necessity of a common vision and a regional framework to find concrete solutions to better mobilise the full potential of women. • All the 250 participants demonstrated the essential contribution of women to greater sustainable development, creating job opportunities, effective fight against extremism and radicalisation, and promotion of stability in the region. • Best practices and concrete initiatives were proposed. The UfM Secretariat and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO, launched the 2nd phase of a €4.5M project ...