Barcelona, 7 May 2015 –Within the framework of the Mediterranean Climate Week organised by Morocco, a UfM Informal High-Level Conference on Climate Change took place today in Shikrat (Morocco) with the aim to contribute to regional and national efforts to prepare climate change goals in the Mediterranean, paving the way for a global agreement at the UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris by the end of this year.
Organised by Morocco, as host country, and chaired by the UfM Co-Presidency, EU and Jordan, the conference was opened by H.E. Hakima El Haite, Minister for Environment of Morocco, H.E. Mr. M. Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner in charge of Climate Action and Energy, H.E. Raouf Dabbas, Principal Advisor to the Minister for Environment of Jordan and H.E. Fathallah Sijilmassi, UfM Secretary General.
“The Union for the Mediterranean is mobilising the necessary mechanisms to help UfM Member States to prepare their contributions to the UNFCCC process and assist them in their implementation. The Secretariat of the UfM, thanks to its Group of Experts on Climate Change, is the platform of reference to gather the different initiatives and institutions currently working on climate change related issues”, said Secretary General Fathallah Sijilmassi.