Water & Environment

• On 15 February, the UfM Secretariat organised a meeting in Brussels with the participation of the Government representatives of Palestine, Israel and representatives of both the European Commission and the Office of the Quartet to advance on the implementation of the Desalination Facility project for the Gaza Strip, endorsed by the 43 Member States of the UfM. • The Israeli Delegation confirmed the Government's political support to the project and its commitment to facilitate the construction of the facility. • The Palestinian Delegation emphasised its readiness to take all neces...
• The UfM Secretariat organised a coordination meeting with the Government of Palestine, the European Commission and International Banks mainly in order to conclude the financial mechanism of the UfM-labeled project and to adopt a roadmap for 2016. • A High-level Donor Conference is foreseen to take place in June 2016.

Barcelona, 11 February 2016. The Palestinian Minister of Water, Mazen Ghunaim, and the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, Fathallah Sijilmassi, met yesterday in Barcelona to discuss the next steps concerning the Desalination Facility for the Gaza St...

Relaunching a regular regional dialogue on water issues of common interest in the region and recalling the 2008 Ministerial Declaration, the UfM Secretariat convened the 5th UfM Water Expert Group (WEG) meeting.

Water fosters human security, supports economic growth and provides for environmental needs. The Southern shores of the Mediterranean are among the world’s most water-scarce areas, with more than 150 million people facing water stress. According to the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), this figure is set to rise by a further 80-100 million by 2025.

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• Minister Al-Malki’s visit was an opportunity to exchange views with SG Sijilmassi on the active involvement of Palestine in UfM activities • Among the topics discussed, both parties analysed the next steps concerning the Desalination Facility for the Gaza Strip project. A meeting aimed at approving the financial mechanism of the project will be held in February 2016 in Barcelona, involving key International Financial Institutions.

Barcelona, 20 January 2016. Within the framework of his official visit to Spain, the Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dr. Riy...

UfM welcomes the adoption of the Paris Agreement by all the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as a major breakthrough in tackling climate change. The UfM Secretariat will continue working on a regional dimension, by ensuring operational support to all UfM Members in the implementation of their climate policies and the achievement of the common objectives. The next COP22 will be held in Marrakech in November 2016, taking stock of the progress achieved in the regional process.

Barcelona, 15 December 2015. The Paris Agreement signed last 12...

• Ministers, the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Co-Presidency and UfM Secretariat gather in Brussels on the occasion of the first Ministerial Conference on Blue Economy. • Ministers stressed the potential for sustainable growth through improved maritime governance and an environment conducive to promote jobs, innovation and knowledge-based business opportunities through the development of key maritime sectors. • A regional and collaborative approach is crucial to capitalise fully on the blue economy’s potential, as the challenges affecting the Mediterranean Sea call for shared and ...