21 June 2019, Marseille. The Union for the Mediterranean, represented by its Deputy Secretay General Miguel Garcia Herraiz took part to the international seminar “Strengthening cooperation efforts for a more cohesive, inclusive and sustainable Mediterranean”, held within the frame of the General Assembly of the CPMR Inter-Mediterranean Commission. The CPRM Assembly, taking place back to back with the Sommet des deux Rives, was the occasion to discuss issues such as green/blue/circular economy, sustainable consumption and production. These topics were addressed within the Palermo event, organized by Italy, in preparation and as contribution of the Sommet in Marseille.
The seminar focused on the common messages and future actions of the Med Cooperation Alliance, launched on the 4th of February by a collation of organisations believing in multilevel governance and Mediterranean cooperation, as fundamental drivers for ensuring a better future for the populations from the Mediterranean and the European Union towards a joint long-term strategy for the sustainable and integrated territorial development of the basin.
This alliance, which is open to the support and participation of other key territorial actors and institutions, demands that the EU and Euro-Mediterranean Institutions after 2020 -with the horizon of the two next programming periods-, the African Union, the Union for the Mediterranean, United Nations, other international organisations and institutions acting in the Mediterranean region, work harder towards the integration of emerging sea basin, macro-regional strategies and other connected initiatives and cooperation instruments, in order to build a common, more cohesive and co-owned Mediterranean macro-region.
The CPRM is a key partner of the UfM Secretariat on the blue economy dossier as it brings in the regional dimension; it is involved in many blue economy initiatives such as WestMed, BlueMed and Panoramed. CPRM is also the promoter of the UfM labelled project MedCoast4BlueGrowth on maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal zone management applied to the tourism sector. The project, which just got financing from CBC, was presented on the 5th of June in Barcelona during an event organized at the UfM premises, back to back with the BlueTourMed Conference on Tourism.