The MedPartnership addresses Parliamentarians, journalists and NGOs in Athens

Source: MedPartnership

The MedPartnership was showcased to more than a 120 Members of Parliament, journalists and NGOs from 22 Mediterranean countries who gathered in Athens, Greece on 22 and 23 October 2012. The workshop entitled “How Members of Parliament can better contribute to the effective De-pollution of the Mediterranean” was organized within the framework of the Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/ Mediterranean Environment Programme and constituted the first international meeting of Mediterranean MPs after the events of the Arab Spring.  The Workshop was opened by Prof. Stefan Schennach, Chairman of the Committee on Energy, Environment and Water of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (PA – UfM) and was chaired by Prof. Michael Scoullos, H2020 Team Leader. The Coordinator of UNEP/ Mediterranean Action Plan, Ms. Maria Luisa Silva Mejias addressed the meeting highlighting that “In the current context of combined political and economic crises throughout the Mediterranean, the leadership of members of Parliament is essential to achieve our objectives. The main difference between the current downturn and previous ones is that it occurs in a context of increased fragility of our natural capital.  Parliamentarians will be key actors in ensuring that the development strategies that will lift us from the current situation are not at the expense of our already depleted resources”.

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