The Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), Fathallah Sijilmassi, and the Secretary General of the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), Cosimo Lacirignola, discussed new strategic directions aimed at strengthening cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The two organisations will continue to work together to bring forward solutions on issues related to food and nutrition, climate change and women empowerment.
With regard to higher education, research and innovation, they discussed about launching joint projects contributing to knowledge waste reduction within the framework of the CIHEAM Strategic Agenda 2025 and UfM Priority Areas.
In July 2016, CIHEAM, UfM and other partners organised the 1st Mediterranean Forum for PhD students and young researchers from the Mediterranean area. The meeting was aimed at fostering communication, dialogue and co-publications between the various partner institutions conducting scientific research in the field of rural development in Mediterranean countries. This initiative will be sustained and strengthened for a greater impact in the region.
The Secretaries General explored also new areas of collaboration in the fields of rural migrations, climate change, water-energy-food nexus, youth and women empowerment. Working on increased exchange of expertise, information and publications is also a target that has been set during the meeting.
In 2014, the UfM and the CIHEAM signed a cooperation agreement to undertake joint initiatives related to higher education and food security in the EuroMediterranean region. In the framework of this partnership, female students benefited of a women empowering project in the 4 Institutes of the CIHEAM.
Read the CIHEAM's contribution entitled "Regional dialogue and knowledge sharing for feeding the Mediterranean’s future" to the publication of the Union for the Mediterranean entitled "Key Players' Perspective on Climate Change in the Mediterranean"