The Mediterranean Commission for Sustainable Development (CMDS) of the Mediterranean Action Plan approved the document of its recommendations for the Conference of the Parties (COP23) of the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea. The event will occur in Portoroz, Slovenia, from December 5 to 8, 2023. (23rd meeting of the Contracting Parties of the Barcelona Convention)

On October 30, the CMDS extended steering committee met and approved the recommendations of the members to send to the delegations of states and countries of the Barcelona Convention.
MedCities added some recommendations that were accepted: to include a mention of the role of local authorities, councils, and unions of municipalities, as key and necessary implementers of the decisions taken by the states through the protocols of the convention. At the same time, the document calls for financial and training instruments for local authorities to promote the implementing role they must play.
Finally, it is requested that academia, civil society, and local authorities be taken into account as actors in the assessment of compliance with the Mediterranean Sustainable Development Strategy (MSSD in English)

The MedCities Secretary-General, Josep Canals, welcomes the fact that these recommendations have been unanimously adopted by the members of the commission so that the states become aware that without local authorities it will be impossible to implement the political decisions reflected in the protocols of the Convention of Barcelona taken by the states in the COPs.

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