The Summit of the Two Shores, an initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron took place in Marseille on 24 June 2019. Building on unprecedented consultations with Mediterranean civil society, this event aims to boost cooperation between countries in the Western Mediterranean by implementing projects that support human, economic and sustainable development in the region.
The Summit of the Two Shores is part of the 5+5 Dialogue, which brings together five States from the southern shore of the Mediterranean (Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia) and five States from the northern shore (France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain).
Five Preparatory Thematic Forums
Five preparatory forums took place prior to the Marseille Summit. Each focused on a different theme: energy; young people, education and mobility; the economy and competitiveness; culture, media and tourism; and the environment and sustainable development.
- Energy Forum organized by Algeria (Algiers, 8 April 2019) “Stronger partnerships for the sustainable energy transition
- Youth, Education and Mobility Forum, organized by Malta (Valletta, 24-25 April 2019) “The Mediterranean Generation: Malta’s contribution to the Summit of the Two Shores”
- Economy and Competitiveness Forum, organized by Morocco (Rabat, 29 April 2019) “Better economic integration between the two shores, towards a partnership, focused on shared growth and innovation”
- Culture, Media and Tourism Forum, organized by France (Montpellier, 2-3 May 2019) “Creating new cultural momentum in the Western Mediterranean”
- Environment and Sustainable Development Forum, organized by Italy (Palermo, 16 May 2019) “Blue economy, green economy, circular economy: partnership proposals for sustainable coastal urban development in the Western Mediterranean”
- Restitution meeting of the Assembly of the 100, organized by Tunisia (Tunis, 11-12 June 2019) “Towards shared intercultural dialogue, production and sustainable and inclusive development”
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