• By 2030, nearly 80% of the Mediterranean countries’ populations will be concentrated on 10% of the land – predominantly the coastline.
• 7% of the world’s population is living in urban areas in the Mediterranean.
“There is no sustainable development without resilient and inclusive cities and communities.” – Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
The UfM Urban Agenda aims to support the creation of more resilient and inclusive cities in the Mediterranean region, with a focus on reducing inequalities and achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. It covers, among other things:
The COVID-19 pandemic has only highlighted the need for sustainable urbanisation, putting further pressure on social security, health and sanitation systems, and the economic livelihood of millions.
The UfM Strategic Urban Development Action Plan 2040 establishes a common vision to tackling urban challenges in the region. It is the result of a 3-year collaboration between the European Commission and all 42 UfM Member States, aiming to improve the quality of life for all citizens by building better, more inclusive, climate-resilient communities.
The Plan promotes science-led, evidence-based, inclusive and integrated planning, investment and implementation of urban projects, with coordination at the local, national and regional governance levels. It involves cooperation between national and local authorities, intergovernmental organisations, international financial institutions, and other stakeholders.
The UfM Urban Agenda was launched at the first meeting of the UfM Regional Platform for Sustainable Urban Development in November 2017. This meeting also created the Regional Platform, and agreed its specific objectives:
Three working groups were created: two thematic working groups on urban regeneration, and affordable and sustainable housing, and a permanent working group on urban indicators. The two thematic working groups designed the Strategic Action Plan for the UfM’s Urban Agenda in collaboration with key stakeholders.
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