[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.

[VIDEO] Why Does Legal Aid Matter

Why does Legal Aid matter interviews from CMI Marseille on Vimeo

Why does legal aid matter? What are the main challenges that people face? What access for people living in rural areas and for women? What are the possible actions for the future? Civil society organizations representatives from Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco share their views.

Toward a New Contract?

By Agnès Levallois*

Four years after the protest movements in the Arab countries and the transition period that followed, socioeconomic issues now need to be urgently tackled.  This is the biggest challenge facing the new authorities. However, these issues can only be addressed in a peaceful political atmosphere and in the context of Constitutions that set forth the new social contract between governments and the people.  The constitutional issue emerged in the aftermath of the ouster of the Tunisian and Egyptian Presidents, as did the issue of the ability, or lack thereof, to reach a political compromise in order to establish democratic standards.  This is the context in which work was done on the Constitutions of Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, and Yemen, with different results in each country.

[Interview] What Does Cheap Oil Mean for the Arab World?

As the price of oil falls, the discussion is heating up on what the impact will be for countries in the Arab. The World Bank’s Chief Economist for the Middle East and North Africa, Shanta Devarajan, weighs in on the conversation.

Watch interview here.