MedCities participated at the MedCOP Climate event in Tangier, discussing on sustainable urban renewal and the role of cities

On 18 and 19 July, state and non-governmental entities in the Mediterranean met in Tangier to take part in the MedCOP Climate Forum. The aim was to find synergies to preserve the Mediterranean region and generate proposals so that the  22nd World Climate Conference (COP 22), which will be held in Marrakesh from 7 to 18 November, may arrive at powerful and feasible environmental commitments to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Medcities participated in the second day of MedCOP by organizing a discussion on “Urban transformation to face climate challenges”, during which it presented the view point of the Mediterranean Cities. This Forum, organized together with AVITEM, allowed participants to address the role of local governments and the challenges faced when implementing policies to resist the effects of climate change and to design sustainable regional projects.

The Secretary General of MedCities and other members of the network, also participated in a seminar on climate finance for the cities of the Maghreb that took place during the MedCop Climat. The event, organised by FMDV and GIZ, was addresses to political representatives of local and regional administrations from developing and emerging countries, and their technical staff.  It aimed at reinforcing the capacities of these actors to formulate resilient urban projects and mobilize financial resources for their implementation.

You can consult the program of this side event here.

MedCOP is an example of the commitment of the various actors in the Mediterranean to adapt to and mitigate the impacts from climate change – which are already evident in the area – such as the reduction of biodiversity, coastal loss, and pressure on water resources. Medcities, as a network striving for sustainable urban development in the Mediterranean, was instrumental in this process.