The UfM Task Forces on Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus and Water-Employment-Migration (WEM) held a joint online meeting on 23 July 2020, which constituted the 4th meeting of the WEFE Task Force, and the 5th meeting of the WEM Task force. The purpose of combining the two TFs’ meetings was to jointly identify priorities of the WEFE Nexus and WEM Work Plans 2020-2022 as well as to provide further guidance on the synergetic actions of the related thematic FPs.
During the meeting, the new Sida funding allocated to implement the UfM Water Agenda has been announced and the synergetic actions with the EU funded project Water Environment Support (WES) was presented to the Member States.
Member State Representatives from both shores of the Mediterranean, alongside with Regional and International Organisation, International Financial Institutes and Development Partners, the EU, and UN Agencies received positively the synergised Work Programmes on WEM and WEFE, providing some comments, which will be integrated to the final working document, and to be presented to the 11th WEG Meeting and next SOM, as stated by Almotaz Abadi, UfM Water Managing director. He emphasized, “We should enhance the cooperation in the region already suffering from climate change, water stress and the COVID-19 pandemic.”