Sweden and the Union for the Mediterranean sign an agreement in support of regional integration and co-operation in #Mediterranean 

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

thumbnail_Fathallah-Sijilmassi-SG-UfM-and-Anders-Framkenberg-Director-Regional-Unit-MENA-of-SIDA-1-1024x298The Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and the UfM Secretariat have signed a €6.5 million multi annual financial agreement to support UfM core activities in favour of a more sustainable and inclusive development in the region. 

As a clear signal in support of enhanced regional cooperation and integration in the Mediterranean, the UfM Secretariat and the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) have signed a €6.5 million multi-annual financing agreement to deepen and amplify UfM specific cooperation initiatives and core activities promoting regional dialogue. Sida’s support will be focused on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries, within the wider frame of the UfM mandate.

“The Union for the Mediterranean is an action-oriented organisation designed to build and operationalize common agendas in the region. The agreement with Sida is a concrete and substantial contribution to UfM activities and overall regional efforts towards the three strategic objectives of human development, stability and integration. Indeed an example of effective partnership”, underlined UfM Secretary General Fathallah Sijilmassi.

“The region’s social and economic development is hindered by the low level of economic and regional integration. The main focus of our agreement with the UfM Secretariat is to strengthen integration in the Mediterranean by advancing and amplifying UfM regional dialogue and cooperation initiatives on sectors of particular value for the sharing of best practices, fostering dialogue processes and advancing the regional agenda”, said Anders Frankenberg Sida’s Director of the regional unit for the Middle East and North Africa. The Swedish Development Agency supports a number of activities in the region and has successfully cooperated with the UfM and project partners on issues related to governance and financing as well as on capacity building related to water.

On the occasion of the Second UfM Regional Forum held in January 23-24, 2017, Ministers for Foreign Affairs gave a strong political impulse to the UfM by endorsing a roadmap for action centred on strengthening regional cooperation in the Mediterranean.

The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is a unique intergovernmental Euro-Mediterranean organisation which brings together all 28 countries of the European Union and 15 countries of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean. The UfM provides a forum to enhance regional cooperation, dialogue and the implementation of concrete projects and initiatives with tangible impact on our citizens, with an emphasis on young people, in order to address the three strategic objectives of the region: stability, human development and integration.

The Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean is the platform to operationalise decisions taken by the member states, implementing strategic regional projects through a specific methodology based on dynamic multi-partner networks and the exchange of best practices and innovative methodologies: more than 45 regional projects labelled by the member states worth over €5 billion, mainly in the areas of sustainable and inclusive growth, youth employability, women’s empowerment, student mobility, integrated urban development, and climate action.

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