Cyprus takes part in Mediterranean Union meeting
Nicosia, Jun 26 - The First Ministerial Meeting on Sustainable Development, held this week in Paris in the framework of the Mediterranean Union (MU), successfully concluded its deliberations.
According to an official announcement, Ministers and senior officials from 43 countries which are partners in the Union, as well as representatives of important financial organizations such as the European Development Bank and World Bank, attended the meeting.
Cyprus was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Planning Bureau Mr. Andreas Moleskis.
The Paris meeting marks, on a political level, the resumption of MU business which had been “frozen” immediately after the Israeli invasion in Gaza.
Participants to the meeting discussed proposals to enhance cooperation among MU partners in the fields of transport, water environment, energy and sustainable urban development, the announcement said.
Moreover, the Ministers welcomed proposals concerning programs relating to sustainable development which would have positive effects on the Mediterranean region.
In his intervention, Mr. Moleskis referred to the two proposals on programs submitted by Cyprus in the framework of the MU pertaining to sustainable development.
Cyprus suggests hosting two regional research centers, one to study the effects caused by climate change and the other to develop applications to utilize solar energy. Cyprus’ recommendations are expected to be processed by the French-Egyptian joint presidency in the near future and then submitted for evaluation by the Permanent Secretariat as soon as it is formed, the announcement concludes.