Plan Bleu is pleased to share the First Stakeholder News Brief related to the Review of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD Review). In this inaugural issue, the news brief focuses on the work done since the MSSD Review has been decided at the 18th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention (COP 18, Istanbul, December 2013):
- launch of the MSSD Review by the Maltese Minister for Sustainable Development, Environment and Climate Change (February 2014);
- wide stakeholder consultation on the basis of a consultation document (April-May 2014);
- Steering Committee meeting of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MSCD SC meeting, 11-12 June 2014, kindly hosted by Malta who currently chairs the SC).
The Stakeholder News Brief 1 highlights recommendations agreed by the MCSD SC about issues, vision, and structure of the revised strategy, based on the results of the Stakeholder Consultation Phase 1. With the agreement on a provisional vision and structure, Phase 2 of the MSSD Review has commenced. Based on this provisional structure, multi-stakeholder thematic working groups (TWGs), whose responsibility will be the drafting of the specific axes of the reviewed strategy, will be convened: organisations interested in participating in the TWGs are kindly requested to contact Plan Bleu. A first draft of the revised strategy is expected by December 2014. Beginning in 2015, Phase 3 of the MSSD Review process will constitute a wide stakeholder consultation on the first draft of the MSSD 2.0, culminating in the approval of the revised Strategy by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention at their 2015 meeting.
The MSSD Review is led by the MCSD with the assistance of the Secretariat to the Barcelona Convention. The technical work supporting the MSSD Review is being carried out by UNEP/MAP through its Plan Bleu Regional Activity Centre (PB/RAC), with the contribution of the other RACs.