Bled, 2-3 September, 2013. In the framework of an official visit to Slovenia, UfM Secretary General Sijilmassi was invited to address the Bled Strategic Forum, a platform for high-level strategic dialogue among leaders from the private and public sectors on key issues facing the world in the 21st century.
The Forum held a special session on the Water challenge in the Mediterranean region. Secretary General Sijilmassi explained the activities and projects undertaken in this sector by the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean, namely the Desalination facility for the Gaza Strip and the “Governance & Financing for the Mediterranean Water Sector” project, aimed at increasing efficiency and transparency in the management of the existing water resources. He said: “The UfM continues to both expand partnerships and develop common activities with institutions and organizations active on the subject of water in the Mediterranean. Promoting consensus building and regional cooperation on water issues will help strengthen national and regional stability, peace and security”
Organized jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia and the Centre for European Perspective, the Bled Strategic Forum has become one of the leading international conferences in Europe to discuss new strategies designed to confront the most pressing international issues.