27 November 2017, Cairo.- The 4th UfM Ministerial Conference on Strengthening the Role of Women in Society will take place on 27 November 2017 in Cairo, Egypt. The Conference will gather Ministers of the 43 Member States of the Union for the Mediterranean responsible for women affairs and gender equality, under the Co-Presidency of the European Union and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Following the previous UfM Ministerial Conferences on Strengthening the Role of Women in Society, held in 2006 Istanbul, in 2009 in Marrakech and in 2013 in Paris, the Ministers will meet to further support women and girls of the Euro-Mediterranean region in their quest for empowerment and equality.
A Regional Dialogue process on women empowerment, involving the UfM countries and the concerned stakeholders in the Euro-Mediterranean region, preceded this Ministerial Meeting. This regional dialogue process was launched on December 4th 2014, and identified 4 areas to be assessed, which are:
- To raise women´s participation in economic life.
- To improve women’s access to leadership and decision making positions.
- To change stereotypes through education and culture.
- To combat violence against women and gender-based-violence.
Progress in each area was appraised through working group meetings, and a Progress Report was produced to feed into the conclusions of this UfM Ministerial Meeting.
More information about the Regional Dialogue on Women Empowerment could be found here: http://ufmsecretariat.org/ufm-regional-policy-dialogue-and-preparation-of-the-next-ufm-ministerial-conference-on-womens-empowerment-advancing-the-gender-equality-agenda-in-the-mediterranean-region/
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22-24 November 2017, Barcelona. – The Women Entrepreneurship & Investment Programme 2017 (WEIP) is organised within the framework of the 11th edition of the MedaWeek Barcelona, a leading business and investment event in the Mediterranean.
Over 1000 Economic Leaders are expected to attend, including investors, representatives from the business community, banks, governments, as well as regional and multilateral organizations from both shores of the Mediterranean basin.
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22-24 November 2017, Barcelona. – The Mediterranean can benefit from its current regional riches, in a way to strategize towards a progressive future. It should maximize its social resources – such as its vast human capital and young talent – and translate them into dynamic entrepreneurship and digital innovation, particularly in services. The region’s diversity should not result in fragmentation, but as a quality and advantage to: amplify and diversify economic trends, attract investment, and strengthen international cooperation between northern and southern Mediterranean countries.
Against this backdrop – and in line with this year’s claim “Strength in Diversity: Our Economic Power” – MedaWeek 2017 will address current challenges, while exploring new economic trends and solutions related to these regional shifts. In particular, MedaWeek will gather leading regional players and key experts who, together, will cover the following sectors: Women Entrepreneurship, Islamic Finance, Solar Energy, Water Technology & Industry, Circular economy, City Economic Development, Textile & Fashion Industry, Magreb & Mashreq regions.
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Third annual YOCOPAS (Youth Organised Collaboration on Peace and Sustainability) Conference – Meet. Connect. Act.
26-28 October 2017, Hakfar Hayarok, Israel. – The annual YOCOPAS Conference – Youth Organized Collaboration for Peace and Sustainability is one of the highlights of the academic year at the Eastern Mediterranean International School (EMIS), a project labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.
The YOCOPAS initiative was established in 2015 by students and educators from EMIS in order to bring together high-school students from the Mediterranean region and beyond, in the world at large, with the objective to create a platform for collaborative action and to build capacities among students for them to emerge as leaders and social entrepreneurs in their local communities.
The annual conference of the YOCOPAS initiative is both youth-led and youth-targeted. It offers students aged between 16 and 18 years opportunities to engage in interactive workshops, discussions and social activities.
The focus of this third edition is about “Crossing borders”, with the ambition to investigate the notion of borders from different perspectives – personal, social and political.
An international audience of over 500 young people, teachers and high school principals is expected.
Registration and information : https://www.yocopas.org
UfM Energy and Climate Business Forum: Releasing renewable energy opportunities in the Euro-Mediterranean Region
18 October 2017, Cairo. – The Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean will organize the first UfM Energy and Climate Business Forum: Releasing renewable energy opportunities in the Euro-Mediterranean Region, on 18 October 2017 in Cairo, Egypt. The event is organised under the auspices of government of Egypt, in cooperation with OME (Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie) and the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, and with financial support from the government of Sweden.
The first UfM Energy and Climate Business Forum is in line with the fulfillment of the UfM roadmap aiming to “foster regional cooperation in the energy sector (interconnections, interdependency, efficiency, renewable energy, energy mix)”, and in direct articulation with the UfM Strategy for the private sector. The UfM Energy and Climate Business Forum will be a milestone in the promotion of the private sector’s role in Euro-Mediterranean regional cooperation in the field of integrated energy transition.
Private sector development is key to seizing existing business opportunities and fostering regional integration in the Mediterranean. The UfM seeks to promote investment and the development of a stronger private sector in the Mediterranean region in order to contribute to the economic development of the region.
The event will bring together high-level government representatives from the UfM region, stakeholders, private sector investors, international financial institutions and successful investment cases, with the aim of identifying business opportunities and providing updated information and networking.
For further information please contact the UfM Energy Division: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The role of social financial intermediaries in deploying financial instruments under the European Social Fund in the 2014-2020 programming period
Third annual EU conference on EAFRD financial instruments for agriculture and rural development in 2014-2020
Malta, 5-6 October 2017. The European Union will host the fourth high-level Our Ocean Conference in Malta on 5 and 6 October 2017. In the spirit of the successful 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions, the conference aims to inspire and empower a new generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists and civil society to identify solutions and commit to actions for safe, secure, clean and sustainably managed oceans.
It follows on from the previous conferences and complements the EU’s Ocean Governance Initiative, which sets out an agenda for ensuring the future of the oceans around the world. Nearly 1000 participants are expected at this visually engaging and interactive 2-day event, including heads of state and government; foreign, economy, environment and fisheries ministers; and other established and up-and-coming ocean leaders in government, business, finance, science and civil society. Young and cutting-edge innovators and entrepreneurs are to share the stage with well-known and dynamic global leaders in ocean conservation.
For further information about the event, please contact Water & Environment Division: email@example.com
18-19 September 2017, Barcelona. – The UfM will co-organise the International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (GUNI), taking place in Barcelona. The Conference is a leading international meeting aiming to create a permanent and multidisciplinary knowledge network on implementation of SDGs, where all stakeholders learn from each other: universities, governments, cities and public agencies.
Held in Barcelona, Catalonia, from 18th to 19th September 2017, it will gather multidisciplinary experts and high-level practitioners from around the world to exchange knowledge, ideas, experiences and expectations around the challenges involved with the SDGs. Through a combination of speeches by renowned experts, round tables and thematic workshops, the conference wants to open a debate among the different stakeholders on solutions for a sustainable development to transform society at local and global level.
The International Conference is one of the activities organized by the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi) in the frame of the International Summer School on Higher Education and Research Leadership. It aims to provide intellectual guidance and scientific evidences to the challenges of SDGs, with a humanist and critical thinking, promoting research and education to build a fair global community and more sustainable cities.
More info on the programme, speakers and registrations here.
For further information about the event, please contact Higher Education & Research Division: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cairo, 13 September 2017.- Boosting the Mediterranean region’s economic growth and resilience requires upgrading and developing social and economic infrastructure and stimulating private sector development. This conference will address the challenges and obstacles in the region, focusing on how to boost public and private investments to promote job creation, especially for young people and women, and to raise living standards.
Starting with a macroeconomic overview that focuses on current economic developments and potential drivers of economic growth in the region, the conference will continue with a session on access to finance for SMEs and micro-entrepreneurs. The session acknowledge their critical role as the backbone of economic growth and job creation. The last session will focus on innovation and competitiveness, especially on the critical role of investment to promote innovation and the international competitiveness of local firms. FOR WHOM Business leaders, decision-makers, government representatives, national and international organisations and financial institutions, start-ups, microfinance companies, research centres and universities, chambers of commerce and business associations.
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