The UfM Secretariat has organised, with the support of the European Union, an event during the COP21 currently taking place in Paris. The aim was to discuss the role of the UfM as a facilitator to put into operation the provisions of the Paris declaration. It will also be an opportunity for France, current COP Presidency, and Morocco, forthcoming COP presidency, to exchange views on the role of the Euro-Mediterranean region in the global process.
Representatives of the European Commission, France, and Morocco were joined by the Team Leader of the EU-funded ClimaSouth project to discuss the need to reinforce regional cooperation on climate change.
The interventions focused on the established cooperation within the Union for the Mediterranean Climate Change Expert Group, namely the agreed work plan and its relevance to the international climate change negotiations. The UfM Secretariat also presented existing and planned initiatives in order to enhance regional cooperation on climate change in the region according to the priorities identified by the UfM Member States in the Athens Declaration in May 2014.