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• 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...

• 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...

About 50 participants from employment and labour ministries and agencies in UfM countries, as well as representatives from European and international organisations discuss follow-up actions to implement the UfM Ministerial Declaration on Employment and Labour and share best practices addressing employment challenges in the region.

On 28-29 March 2017, about 50 participants from the above-mentioned institutions participated in the 6th UfM High Level Working Group on Employment and Labour, which took place at the UfM headquarters, in Barcelona.

The objective of the meeting was to follow-up on...