In the framework of the 10-year anniversary of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), its Senior Officials have endorsed three new regional projects on deforestation, preventing violent extremism and smart cities. The UfM will join forces for these projects with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the British Council and the Euromed Cities Network, respectively.
The meeting of the Senior Officials of the 43 UfM Member countries took place in Vienna ahead of the annual meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the UfM Regional Forum, which will be held in Barcelona on 8 October. The third edition of the Regional Forum will be co-chaired by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, and Ayman Safadi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jordan, and hosted by Josep Borrell, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain. It will provide the occasion to take stock of the progress achieved to date, and to discuss the way forward to build inclusive human and sustainable development in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
The third UfM Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) of this year was also the occasion to discuss the preparations of the upcoming UfM Women for the Mediterranean Conference, set to take place on 9-11 October in Lisbon. The conference is expected to gather more than 300 high-level stakeholders from all sectors involved in gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Updates were also shared on activities and initiatives launched by the UfM Secretariat in 2018.