UfM to push forward a New Urban Agenda for the Mediterranean Region

October 20, 2016
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On the margin of the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), the Union for the Mediterranean organised on 18 October 2016 in Quito, and in cooperation with the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) the Networking Event “Union for the Mediterranean – Urban Projects Finance Initiative (UPFI): Towards a New Urban Agenda for the Mediterranean region”.
The event brought together more than 100 participants, including several Ministers from UfM Member States, international and regional organisations and IFIs leaders, key urban development actors in the Mediterranean and the partners involved in UPFI initiative, as well as potential partners, in order to develop future regional programmes and projects, with a view to addressing the region’s demographic and environmental challenges.
The event represented a good occasion to take-stock of UPFI’s “Success Story”, which was one of the main deliverables of the First UfM Ministerial Conference on Sustainable Urban Development in Strasbourg in 2011.

It also raised awareness about the added value of the UPFI initiative and its related UfM-labelled projects. In addition, it provided an opportunity to discuss the best tools to implement a “New Urban Agenda for the Mediterranean region”, in view of the Second UfM Ministerial Conference on Sustainable Urban Development to be held in Egypt in the spring of 2017, and taking into consideration major regional and international related milestones.(EU Neighbourhood Info Centre)
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