Water & Environment

Youssef Chahed, Head of Government of Tunisia, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, and Fathallah Sijilmassi, Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), gathered today in Bizerte to launch the “Integrated Programme for the Protection of Lake Bizerte against Pollution”, labelled by the 43 UfM Member States.

Bizerte, Tunisia, 1 November, 2016. With a total budget of more than €90 million over a 5-year period, the programme will contribute towards cleaning up L...

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...

• Water is fundamental to human security, key to social and economic growth and the Mediterranean region is currently facing varying water-related situations and challenges. • The 2nd Meeting of the Drafting Group of the UfM Water Expert Group (WEG) has accelerated the work on the regional agenda on water to build a joint proposal of action plan for the region.

Malta, 26-27 July. The social, economic and environmental impacts of water challenges, including the direct impact of climate change on water resources and their associated costs, are calling for urgent action. The UfM Member ...

Today, at the Dead Sea in Jordan, Ministers of International Cooperation and Planning from the 43 member countries of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) defined key steps to enhance the impact of regional cooperation.

Dead Sea (Jordan), 2 June 2016. EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn and Imad N. Fakhoury, Jordanian Minister of Cooperation and Planning, had jointly invited to this first Union for the Mediterranean Ministerial Meeting for Regional Cooperation and Planning.

Minister Fakhoury, co-president of the meeting, declared that ‘the Euro-Mediterranean region faces increasing common c...

• The blue economy offers enormous potential for job creation and investment in the Mediterranean, thus contributing to human development, stability and regional integration. This untapped potential can only be exploited through the better coordination of maritime affairs among all Mediterranean countries. • The 1st UfM Working Group on the Blue Economy took place in Turku, Finland, with the aim of discussing the state of play of regional cooperation in the different areas relevant to the blue economy, fostering initiatives and projects and preparing for the launch of the UfM Forum on B...
SwitchMed Connect opens ¨Call for contributions¨. You can now submit your ideas until the end of May 2016.

The SwitchMed Connect 2016 will feature a unique blend of expert discussions, entrepreneurial stories, good cases and hands-on applications. The event will be held on the 18-20 October in Barcelona at Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The UfM Secretariat will be partner of SwitchMed Connect 2016, which is currently welcoming proposals to collectively create the agenda of the event. If you are interested in suggesting speakers, sharing project e...