The Union for the Mediterranean hosted the Annual Coordination Meeting of Regional Organisations on 13 November 2019, with the aim of guaranteeing the complementarity of their work and the pursue of their mutual objectives with better results and greater impacts.

Amb. Pigliapoco, AII Senior Advisor, took part of the meeting together with representatives of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), the Central European Initiative (CEI), the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM).

In the face of the climate emergency that is affecting the Euro-Mediterranean region, the UfM Secretariat took this opportunity to give a special focus to the identification of joint actions and initiatives in the field of Climate Action, calling for increased synergies to tackle the pressing challenges faced in the region.

Representatives from AII, CBSS, BSEC and CEI presented their current activities within their climate portfolios, and agreed, together with the UfM Secretariat, to create a network of focal points, through which synergies will be speedily identified. They further recognized the need of working together on awareness-raising and on inviting other regional organisations operating in the wider Euro-Mediterranean region and beyond to join the initiative.

The next coordination meeting will be hosted by BSEC’s Permanent International Secretariat in 2020 in Istanbul.