Transport & Urban Development

Geneva, 17 April 2013. UfM Secretariat Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Yigit Alpogan, and International Road Transport Union (IRU) Secretary General Emeritus, Mr. Martin Marmy, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim to further facilitate and secure trade around the Mediterranean basin by implementing key UN multilateral trade and transport facilitation instruments, such as the TIR and Harmonization Conventions. The MoU also focuses on improving professional road transport training in the UfM countries through the IRU Academy.

The signature of this MoU will foster the...

Discussions between UfM Secretary General Sijilmassi and Turkish Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Transport focused on possible ways of operational cooperation between Turkey and the Secretariat of the UfM, especially in the area of transport.

Ankara, 18 March, 2013. UfM Secretary General, Fathallah Sijilmassi, paid an official visit to Turkey on 13-14 March 2013. During the visit, he held talks with H.E. Binali Yildirim, Minister of Transport, and H.E. Ahmed Davutoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs. He also visited the Turkish International Cooperation Agency (TIKA).

During the meeting ...

The Fourth Senior Officials Experts Meeting took place at the headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean, in Barcelona. Crucial steps have been accomplished for the conclusion of the Euro-Mediterranean Sustainable Urban Development Strategy during the last few months.

Barcelona, 22 February 2013. Senior Official Experts (SOEs) from UfM partner countries, representatives from the European Commission, the Arab League, International Financial Institutions (IFI’s), as well as numerous institutions working on urban matters, met in Barcelona on the occasion of the Fourth Senior Officials E...

Three new projects adopted by the Union for the Mediterranean envisage the construction of a Jordanian National Railway as part of a regional railway network; the improvement of Higher education on food security and rural development; and the creation of a Euro-Mediterranean Development Centre for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

Barcelona, 29 January, 2013. – The Senior Officials of the 43 UfM member states recently approved three new projects to be coordinated by the Union for the Mediterranean. The new projects will contribute to the improvement of the Mediterranean transport...

The Initiative, co-sponsored by the UfM, aims to create a pipeline of 10 to 15 innovative projects on Sustainable Urban Development in the Southern Mediterranean region, with a financial framework of 5 million Euros.

Barcelona, 9 November 2012. The kick-off meeting of the Urban Projects Finance Initiative (UPFI) was hosted by the UfM Secretariat on Friday, 9November 2012 in Barcelona. The UPFI Initiative isco-ordinated by the French Development Agency (AFD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB), and it counts on the support of the European Commission.

The UPFI Initiative is the second ...

Discussions focused on the developments made on the four components of the Strategy since the second meeting, held in Barcelona last 25 May 2012. The work is advancing successfully towards the completion of the Strategy.

Barcelona – 12 October 2012The Third Senior Official Experts Meeting on the definition of the UfM Euro-Mediterranean Sustainable Urban Development Strategy was held in Barcelona on 11 October 2012. Following a presentation on the latest modifications to the draft Guidance Framework (GF) for Sustainable Euro-Mediterranean Cities and Territories, the participants pra...