Hatem Atallah, Executive Director of the Anna Lindh Foundation, participated in the “2nd Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Ministerial Conference on Sustainable Urban Development” in Cairo on the 22nd of May 2017. The Conference gathered the Ministers in charge of housing, municipal affairs and urban development from the 43 UfM Member States, who agreed on UfM Urban Agenda to step-up regional cooperation on sustainable urban development, with a view to delivering common responses to the pressing challenges facing urban areas, which are key drivers for stability and prosperity in the Mediterranean region.
At the Ministerial Conference, Co-chaired by H.E. Corina Creţu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy and H.E. Walid Almasri, Minister for Municipal Affairs of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and hosted by H.E. Moustafa Madbouly, Minister for Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities of the Arab Republic of Egypt, in the presence of H.E. Fathallah Sijilmassi, UfM Secretary General, the Ministers endorsed the final Declaration and adopted a comprehensive and operational UfM Urban Agenda for the Euro-Mediterranean region.
Commissioner Creţu underlined: “Like the EU, the Union for the Mediterranean has adopted a real urban roadmap and I very much welcome that. I hope you will draw on the experience and best practices of the Urban Agenda for the EU, and make cities close partners. They have a unique insight and their involvement in policy-making on key urban matters, together with local stakeholders from the civil society or the business sphere, will benefit the lives of millions of people around the Mediterranean”.
The UfM Ministerial Conference also gathered high-level representatives of key institutional and financial partners, including the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB).
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