A fresh opportunity has arisen for a new era of stronger cooperation on climate change through the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). This is the key idea set out in the information report on climate change and the Mediterranean approved by the European Economic and
Social Committee (EESC) plenary session on 1 October 2009.
The report was drawn up by a group of 32 members from the EESC and the Economic and Social Councils of several Mediterranean countries. The purpose of the report is to focus civil society's attention on climate change in the Mediterranean and on the consequences of failure to adopt suitable, timely policies that cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
"Strengthening social cohesion in the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is the main key to developing a major North-South cooperation agreement," the author of the report Edgardo Iozia said. "It is proposed that, within the UfM, a Mediterranean climate and sustainability alliance be set up, backed and supported by civil society:"
The report points out that the governance of environmental and sustainable development policies in the Mediterranean presents main problems, and that the lack of common policies, if not remedied, will have a negative impact on people across the whole region. Achieving substantial increases in energy saving and efficiency will be the key to attaining significant results.
The report will be presented at the next Euromed Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions in Alexandria on 18-19 October 2009. The conclusions of this Summit will be presented to the next Euro-Mediterranean Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs. Global Arab Network