Seminar to debate role of civil society in environment and sustainable development in the Mediterranean

A two-day Seminar aiming at strengthening the capacity of Southern Mediterranean civil society to build a new development model, integrating two dimensions, environment and sustainable development, is being organised by the EU-funded Civil Society Regional Programme from 21 to 23 February in the Jordanian capital Amman.

The Seminar is organised in collaboration with ANND (Arab NGO Network for Development), a member of the Programme’s Consortium. It is expected to conclude with a series of recommendations on sustainable development addressing future national and European policies.
The aim of the Seminar is in line with the indications outlined by the Rio+20 UN Conference on sustainable development, held in 2012, and is particularly relevant at a time when the two shores of the Mediterranean are going through a financial crisis (to the North) and a democratic transition (in the South). These contexts call for a deep analysis and revision of development policies and models. 

Representatives of Euromed civil society organisations operating in the framework of environment and sustainable development, as well as professionals and experts in this field will take part in the Seminar, which will include the following sessions:
  • Limited resources and economic performance in the Mediterranean: the creation of a steady and prosperous economy.
  • Sustainable development and the global discourse: state of the art of the debate.
  • The International Conventions and their enforcement, including participation, awareness-raising and education of the public to sustainable development.
  • Revision - in a sustainable development perspective - of European policies concerning the Mediterranean region.
  • Specific issue and analyses of civil society, proposals for sustainable development in the Southern Mediterranean Countries. Report on the progress of the National Coordination Groups on environment and sustainable development.
  • Presentation of the objectives and processes of the Work Groups.
  • Presentation of the Work Groups’ results.
  • Seminar’s wrap-up and conclusions.
The Civil Society Regional programme, funded by the EU with a budget of one million euros, aims to enhance the position of civil society in the southern Mediterranean region in order to stimulate a more democratic debate at national level and within the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and the Union for the Mediterranean. It seeks to strengthen the institutional capacity of civil society to promote dialogue and coordination within civil society and between civil society and public institutions. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
Read more
Press release
Civil Society programme – fiche and news
Civil Society programme – website
EU Neighbourhood info Centre – Interview with Andrea Amato – Civil Society programme


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