MedCities participated in the last Steering Committee meeting of the Mediterranean Commission for Sustainable Development (MCSD) held in Athens on 18 and 19 January.

This Commission is currently responsible for ensuring the follow-up of the activities of the aforementioned commission that emerges from the Barcelona Convention, the international agreement signed in 1976 for the environmental preservation in the Mediterranean. MedCities is member of the MCSD Steering Committee as the representative of local authorities in the Mediterranean during the biennium 2015-17.

MCSD work is currently focused on the implementation of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development, set for the period 2016-2025. This reference document establishes the initiatives and projects to ensure the long-term development of the region.

From its six strategic objectives, MedCities is especially involved in number 3: “Planning and Managing Sustainable Mediterranean Cities” and the resulting initiatives. Together with other actors, MedCities is working to promote the pilot projects of this objective over the coming years.

The participation in this Committee is an international recognition of the 25 years of the MedCities’ work for the sustainable development of the Mediterranean cities, recognising it as a reference interlocutor for other regional actors as well as for the signatory states of the Barcelona Convention.