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Expert Meeting – Role of women and young people in promoting peace and preventing violent extremism in the Euro-Mediterranean region

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 9:00am

Barcelona, 18-19 July 2017.- The meeting is jointly organised by the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and UN Women.

The primary objective of the two-day meeting is to take stock of current research and experience, while also identifying key areas for future peace and security interventions in the region, with a specific focus on the roles of women and youth in preventing extremism. It aims to identify priorities on the ground and discuss approaches and lessons learned at the regional and national levels and will be geared towards developing concrete recommendations and an action-oriented plan.

The meeting will bring together experts and practitioners from key stakeholders working in the areas of peace and security and preventing extremism, including international, regional and national organisations, centers of research and  civil society organisations. The participants will identify key areas for future intervention to promote peace and security in the Euro-Mediterranean region. This will involve addressing root causes of violence and extremism, as well as understanding and strengthening the roles of women and youth, building on other major consultations and dynamics that already took place on these subjects in the region.

For further information please contact the Social and Civil Affairs Division: socialaffairs@ufmsecretariat.org

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Boosting Youth employability in the Mediterranean: UfM takes action to develop international internships opportunities for students

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 12:46pm

13 July 2017, Barcelona. - A main cause of high levels of unemployment among young graduates in the Mediterranean region is the persistent mismatch between the skills acquired at university and the requirements of employers. According to a report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), more than 32 percent of enterprises in some Mediterranean countries have identified labour skill levels as a major constraint to hiring. At the same time, according to the Erasmus Impact Study students that have had experiences abroad (such as Erasmus+) have 23% less chance of being unemployed. With the goal of helping companies to identify the best young talents and strengthening academic and professional mobility in the region, the 43 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) labelled the project HOMERe. This programme aims at increasing through international traineeships, the employability of students from more than 100 top universities members of the Mediterranean Network of Engineering Schools. So far, 125 young people from the Northern and the Southern rims of the Mediterranean benefitted from HOMERe. On Thursday 13 July 2017, the UfM Secretariat gathered all interested stakeholders in order to discuss opportunities and challenges related to the expansion of  internships in the Mediterranean region and the specific role of the private sector in that regard. The workshop “Boosting employability in the region: which role for internships? Lessons learnt and future perspectives of HOMERe UfM labelled project” allowed students, enterprises, civil society organisations and higher education institutions to formulate operational recommendations for the development of international training programmes in the region. “This programme really helps young people to change their attitude towards work to a more pro-active approach and helps companies to identify high-quality candidates. It was also a key accelerator of my early career development” declared former HOMERe intern beneficiary Youssef Berdoul. Delphine Borione, Senior Deputy Secretary General of the UfM, stated “international internships are a win-win investment for both companies which get access to talented students and knowledge on local markets and culture, and for young people who gain new perspectives and competencies”. Three lively sessions allowed to take stock of HOMERe first achievements and shape perspectives for scaling up. The participants addressed the links between internships and employment in the Mediterranean as well as lessons learnt from difficulties faced in the implementation. The workshop also facilitated synergies among existing internship programmes in the region. HOMERe will expand to new countries and disciplines. New companies, such as Entreprise Publique Economique des Tracteurs Agricoles (ETRAG), CEGEDIM Maroc and Orange Applications for Business have officially announced their willingness to join the programme. More information Project Snapshot HOMERe leaflet

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Workshop: “Boosting employability in the Mediterranean region: which role for internships? Lessons learnt and future perspectives of HOMERe UfM labelled project”

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 1:08am

13 July 2017, Barcelona.- The Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean holds a workshop on “Boosting employability in the Mediterranean region: which role for internships? Lessons learnt and future perspectives of HOMERe UfM labelled project” on Thursday 13 July 2017 at the UfM headquarters in Barcelona.

The objective is to discuss opportunities and challenges related to the development of internships in the Mediterranean region and the specific role of the private sector in that regard.

About 100 participants are expected, of which representatives from entreprises, private sector organisations, higher education institutions and civil society organisations from both rims of the Mediterranean and in particular from countries involved in HOMERe UfM labelled project such as Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia.

While taking stock of the project first achievements with testimonies from beneficiaries, the workshop will shape perspectives for up scaling. Round tables will provide space for exchanging experiences on the links between internships and employment in the Mediterranean as well as on lessons learnt from difficulties faced in the implementation. Synergies among existing internship programmes will be encouraged.

This meeting will take place within the context of the Annual General Assembly of the Mediterranean Network of Engineering Schools (RMEI), promoter of the HOMERe project.

HOMERe – High Opportunity for Mediterranean Executive Recruitment is a project labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) under the Med4Jobs Initiative, which promotes student internships to help young people avoid skills mismatch on the labour market and create more opportunities for youth mobility between Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, Spain and Tunisia.

Contact and registration: deborah.hocquel@ufmsecretariat.org

More information:  Agenda of the workshop

 

 

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Partners of the UfM-labelled project “Mediterranean New Chance” exchange concrete best practices to improve youth employability in the Mediterranean

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 3:57pm

5 and 6 July 2017 - Barcelona. The Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfMS) and the Office of Economic Cooperation for the Mediterranean and the East (OCEMO) organized the 7th Steering Committee of the Mediterranean New Chance project on July 5 in Barcelona. Labelled by the 43 UfM Members States in 2014 in the framework of the UfM’s cross-sector initiative Mediterranean Initiative for Jobs (Med4Jobs), the MedNC project aims to boost the employability of unemployed graduates and young people who have dropped out of school before obtaining a degree. The project supports a regional network of accredited training and professional integration centres to promote a shared and innovative teaching model, with the collaboration of the public authorities, the private sector and the civil society. It not only addresses the challenges of youth unemployment (mainly of those who are Not in Education, Employment, or Training -the “NEETS”) and early school leaving but also builds on the huge potential offered by youth as driving force for development, therefore impacting the regional stability and integration in the Mediterranean. The meeting brought together representatives of national coordinators and local partner centres in Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Spain which reported on the advancements made during the first semester 2017, the difficulties met and the best practices achieved. It also counted on the participation of members of institutions and organisations from Portugal, Palestine and Italy which expressed their interest in the project, along with donors, such as the French Development Agency, and other relevant stakeholders. After a successful period of three years of implementation, discussions also focused on key aspects for the continuation of the project including the regional coordination, the financial strategy, the implementation of a common accreditation and the integration of new partners. On the 6th of July participants visited the Fundació El Llindar, flagship social and educational entity, founding member of the Asociación Escuelas de Segunda Oportunidad (Spanish branch of MedNC project). Algerian partners offered to host the next MedNC Steering Committee by the end of the year.

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Kick-off regional process: 3rd World Water Forum

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 11:43am

11 July 2017, Monaco. – The Institut Méditerranéen de l’Eau and the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean with their partners will organize on 11 July 2017 in Monaco, with the collaboration of the Foundation Prince Albert II de Monaco, the kick off meeting of the 3rd Mediterranean Water Forum.

The 3rd Mediterranean Water Forum will gather the Mediterranean Water Community to discuss and debate on priority topics closely linked with the Mediterranean preparatory process for the 8th World Water Forum:

  • Water and climate change mitigation
  • Integrated sanitation for all
  • Water for Energy
  • Treatment and reuse technologies
  • Managing and restoring for water services and biodiversity
  • Finance for sustainable development

For further information about the event, please contact Water & Environment Division: water@ufmsecretariat.org

 

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H.E. Ms Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta and Patron of the Mediterranean Tourism Forum, visits the UfM

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 11:40am

The President of Malta and Patron of the Mediterranean Tourism Foundation, H.E. Ms Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, paid a working visit today to the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean. Malta plays an active role in the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean. In the context of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU, held from 1 January to 30 June of 2017, Malta has hosted important UfM meetings, including the Ministerial Conferences on water and research and innovation, the Informal High level meeting on Energy Efficiency in the Mediterranean, the BlueMed Stakeholder conference, as well as the first UfM Senior Officials Meeting of the year. Secretary General Sijilmassi stated that “Malta plays a key role in the Union for the Mediterranean and has successfully put Euro-Mediterranean cooperation at the heart of the international agenda during the Maltese presidency of the Council of the EU. The UfM Secretariat is committed to work closely with Malta with the aim of fostering regional dialogue and strengthening regional cooperation in the Mediterranean”. In particular, President Coleiro Preca mentioned the recently set-up Mediterranean Tourism Forum, which aims at bringing together public and private sector stakeholders with an interest in tourism across the Mediterranean region. Malta and UfM are exploring ways of collaborating in this field through specific projects and initiatives, in coherence with the new UfM Roadmap for Action, endorsed by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of UfM Member States last January in Barcelona. The UfM Roadmap acknowledges the importance of tourism for the economies of the countries of the region, as well as for its impact on job creation and cultural understanding. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DA_m-LRomY&feature=youtu.be[/embed]

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Discussing new initiatives to advance Euro-Mediterranean cooperation: UfM Senior Officials meet in Barcelona

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 10:00am

Gathering for the second UfM Senior Official’s Meeting (SOM) of 2017, the representatives of the UfM Member States met in Barcelona to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the the Euro-Mediterranean region and the ongoing projects and initiatives of the UfM Secretariat. UfM Senior Officials held an in depth exchange under their political dialogue on several issues of political importance for the stability of the region. They also took stock of the various sectorial UfM Ministerial Meetings held during the first half of the year, notably in the areas of water and sustainable urban development, and discussed preparations for the upcoming Ministerial Meeting on women’s empowerment, due to take place next November in Cairo. Following the adoption by the Member States of the new UfM Roadmap for Action last January in Barcelona, the UfM Senior Officials also exchanged views to further advance regional integration by creating effective links between the policy dimension and its operational translation into concrete projects and activities on the ground. UfM Senior Officials exchanged on four new region-wide cooperation project proposals submitted by the UfM Secretariat to be presented for UfM labeling in the coming months. These four projects aim to facilitate access to employment, support entrepreneurship and SMEs development, promote climate transparency to help contribute to the Paris Agreement, and provide multimodal training to help build an efficient, interoperable and sustainable transport infrastructure network in the Mediterranean region. The Delegate of the the Spanish Government to Catalunya, Mr. Enric Millo, and Mr. Javier Villamayor, Deputy Major of Tarragona and Commissioner of the Tarragona 2018 Mediterranean Games, took part in the meeting to brief the UfM country representatives on the 2018 Mediterranean Games, set to take place in Tarragona from 22 June to 1 July, 2018. More information The members of the Union for the Mediterranean meet on a regular basis at the level of Senior Officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the 43 UfM countries, EU institutions and the League of Arab States. The Senior Officials Meetings (SOM) provide the framework to discuss the current political context and coordinate the work of the UfM Secretariat. They approve the budget and work programme of the Secretariat and set the basis to prepare the Ministerial Meetings. They also discuss the project proposals submitted for approval and endorsement. The Senior Officials of the UfM always take decisions by consensus.

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UfM Energy & Climate Business Forum – 18 October 2017, Egypt

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 7:13pm


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    7th Steering Committee of the Mediterranean New Chance (MedNC) UfM-labelled project and visit to the Fundació El Llindar

    Wed, 07/05/2017 - 9:00am

    5 and 6 July 2017, Barcelona.- This two days meeting will offer the opportunity to take stock of the results obtained within the framework of the MedNC project since its labeling by the 43 Member States of the Union for the Mediterranean (Steering Committee on the 5th) and to visit one of the concrete actions developed on the ground (Visit to the Fundació El Llindar on the 6th). The Fundació El Llindar is a flagship social and educational entity, founding member of the Asociación Escuelas de Segunda Oportunidad (Spanish branch of the MedNC project).

    The event will bring together representatives of the regional partner centres involved in the project, members of organisations promoting similar pedagogical models, donors and other relevant stakeholders.

    The MedNC project: is part of the UfM’s cross-sector initiative, Mediterranean Initiative for Jobs (Med4Jobs) and contributes to the strategic goal of fostering employability for young people and inclusive growth in the region.

    It aims to promote a regional network of accredited orientation, training and professional integration centres to establish a shared and innovative teaching model in order to boost the employability of young people who have dropped out of school before obtaining a degree and unemployed graduates. The network relies on national coordinators who support local centres, in partnership with government bodies, the private sector and civil society.

    More information about the Fundació El Llindar: http://www.elllindar.org/es/

    More information about the Asociación Escuelas de Segunda Oportunidad: http://www.e2oespana.org/

    More information about the promotor of the project: https://www.ocemo.org/en/

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    Ad-Hoc UfM Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) on Strengthening the Role of Women in Society

    Tue, 07/04/2017 - 9:00am

    Barcelona, 4 July 2017.- Representatives of the UfM Member States dealing with gender equality and women empowerment issues will be meeting in Barcelona to prepare the 4th UfM Ministerial Meeting on Strengthening the Role of Women in Society, which will take place in November 2017.

    For further information please contact the Social and Civil Affairs Division: socialaffairs@ufmsecretariat.org

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    UfM Senior Officials Meeting (SOM)

    Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:13am

    Barcelona, 3 July 2017. The members of the Union for the Mediterranean meet on a regular basis at the level of Senior Officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the 43 UfM countries, EU institutions and the League of Arab States.

    The Senior Officials Meetings (SOM) provide the framework to discuss the current political context and coordinate the work of the UfM Secretariat. They approve the budget and work programme of the Secretariat and set the basis to prepare the Ministerial Meetings. They also discuss the project proposals submitted for approval and endorsement. The Senior Officials take decisions by consensus.

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    Medaweek 2017

    Fri, 06/30/2017 - 5:49pm

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    UfM Regional Platform on Sustainable Urban Development – Barcelona, November 2017

    Thu, 06/29/2017 - 6:40pm


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