Arab Urban Development Institute’s Event at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction: “MENA Urbanization Knowledge and Disaster Risk Management”

By Nuha Mohamed Eltinay*

The Arab Urban Development Institute’s event provided a forum for all those engaged in disaster risk reduction in the MENA Region, and showcased challenges and practical applications for disaster risk reduction. The event’s open discussions allowed for exchanging experience and developing joint statements, strategies and action plans, which can be applied as guidelines for decision makers and practitioners in the MENA Region.

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[Video] Breaking the Barriers to Youth Inclusion

Despite Tunisia’s impressive social and political achievements, inclusion of young Tunisians remains a largely unfinished project. Comprehensively addressing the legitimate aspirations of Tunisian youth will be critical for Tunisia to sustain its positive forward momentum.

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The Time is Ripe for a Mediterranean Energy Union

By Silvia Pariente-David

As the European Commission launches its new Energy Union Package – a set of three proposals setting the EC’s strategy to ensure secure, affordable and climate friendly energy for citizens and businesses –, it is the perfect time for the Mediterranean countries to seize the moment, join the “energy transition” movement and commit to the creation of a Mediterranean Energy Union to stimulate jobs, growth and competiveness. 

[CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS] MEDCOP21 Workshop on "Sustainable Cities and Territories"

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As part of the workshop on "Sustainable cities and territories" organized by the AVItem and IPEMED in the context of the MEDCOP21, the Mediterranean Civil Society Forum Laying Ground for Paris Climate 2015, a call for papers was launched on the theme "The people of Mediterranean cities and territories and expertise to meet the challenges of the energy transition". 

[E-Learning Course] Safe and Resilient Cities

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This World Bank e-learning course focuses on disaster risk management (DRM) at the city level. Participants will learn, in particular, about planning and decision making under uncertainty and how to make their cities more resilient to climate change impacts and natural disasters. The course provides cutting edge tools on vulnerability assessment, institutional assessment and gap analysis, and on how to access finance for risk management. Register here

Ten Facts You Didn’t know about Women in the Arab World

By Maha Abdelilah El-Swais

Women currently make up 49.7% of around 345.5 million people in the Middle East and North Africa region. But despite the many advances made in terms of closing the gender gap in health, political representation, and labor force participation, many other barriers remain. To celebrate International Women’s Day, here’s a list of facts about women of the Arab world.

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[Interview] Has Tourism in Tunisia Benefited from the Return to Democracy?

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Mounir Majdoub, Tunisian Secretary of State in charge of Sustainable Development at the Ministry of Equipment, Landing and Sustainable development answers the question. Interview conducted by Les Echos in the context of the joint CMI/PACA multi-partner event on “Tourism in the Mediterranean: Driving Integrated and Sustainable Development, Enhancing Heritage and Cultural Exchanges” organized within the 7th edition of the Mediterranean Economic Week in November 2014.

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[Interview] Morocco's Tourism Sector Benefits from Political Stability

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Lahcen Haddad, Moroccan Minister of Tourism, speaks about the activity in the tourism sector. Interview conducted by Les Echos in the context of the joint CMI/PACA multi-partner event on “Tourism in the Mediterranean: Driving Integrated and Sustainable Development, Enhancing Heritage and Cultural Exchanges”  organized within the 7th edition of the Mediterranean Economic Week in November 2014.

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[Arab Knowledge Report 2014] Youth and Localisation of Knowledge

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The change process that Arab states are undergoing nowadays requires the region to adopt a more innovative approach to development, an approach based on the localization of knowledge and empowerment of youth as change agents. The latest UNDP Arab Knowledge report (2014) discusses the necessity of building a knowledge based society and economy, for which Arab youth should be the main pillar, in the Arab region to effectively address the growing challenges on various social and economic levels, as well as on local, regional and international levels. 

CMI Welcomes Italy and the Palestinian Authority as Newest Members

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The Center for Mediterranean Integration proudly announces the adhesion of two new Mediterranean members: Italy and the Palestinian Authority.