UfM Water Agenda: looking for responses to the COVID-19 crisis and challenges in the Mediterranean region
June 15, 2020
A consultation meeting on water was organised by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) on 9-10 June, bringing together more than 100 participants from 21 different countries and representing more than 30 regional expert organisations.
The consultation emphasised that governments, businesses and development partners need to maintain a focus on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) not to jeopardise the progress made over the last decades. Discussions led to the agreement of regional priority actions in the framework of the UfM Water Agenda, which will complement individual country efforts, supported by and eventually aligning with the European Green Deal, as a roadmap for a sustainable and resilient recovery.
Participants stressed that water governance is key and requires more financing, from the public sector, the private sector and the help of development agencies. In this regard, a series of training sessions will be held to assist water ministries from the region in addressing international climate financiers to implement transformative climate resilient water projects. A financial strategy will be drafted to explore potential reductions in costs from technological and organisational innovations in the sector.