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The Union for the Mediterranean and the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions team up to promote sustainable development across the region
24/05 - 2017

The Union for the Mediterranean and the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions team up to promote sustainable development across the region

We’re pleased to announce that the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions will be working with the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) to support the transition of the Euro-Mediterranean area toward sustainable and low-carbon development.

CO2 emissions in the Mediterranean have increased by a factor of four in the last half century, making the region a climate change hotspot due to water scarcity, concentration of economic activities in coastal areas, and reliance on climate-sensitive agriculture. Already, the average temperature in the region has risen by 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels - the limit set by the Paris Agreement.

The UfM Secretariat works to foster an active participation of the civil society, local and regional authorities, the private sector, financing institutions as well as other key stakeholders in the regional cooperation process for sustainable development and regional integration.

As such, it is a great opportunity for us to work together, as the Alliance seeks to bring together 1,000 efficient and profitable solutions for the environment for COP 24 at the end of 2018.

“We know that people, companies, national and local authorities in the Mediterranean have plenty of solutions to offer for a new, cleaner economy. We want to help promote them, by developing connections between those looking for solutions and those offering them,” said Bertrand Piccard, Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation. The Alliance forms the second part of his vision - after Solar Impulse - for a cleaner future.

The cooperation between the UfM and the Alliance will enrich the policy dialogue on energy and climate change in the Euro-Mediterranean region and also be an opportunity to mobilise the private sector, in particular companies providing innovative solutions for the energy transition. Members of the Alliance will be invited to take part in the UfM Energy Business Forum, expected to be held in October 2017 in Egypt.

“Climate action is a great opportunity to achieve sustainable and inclusive development models in the Mediterranean. It is essential to seize this opportunity to leverage investment, foster technology transfer, create job opportunities for our youth, promote the role of women and develop low carbon production and consumption patterns that contribute to greater integration, sustainable development and stability in our region”, said UfM Secretary General Fatallah Sijilmassi.

 

You can read the full Press Release here.

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