Keeping the global temperature rise to below 2ºC, the target set by the Paris Agreement, calls for coordinated action that cannot rely solely on nationally-determined contributions.
As emphasised by the UfM Secretary General, Fathallah Sijilmassi: “This is a defining moment as we are starting to build towards the low-carbon era. It is indeed a collective effort. States, communities, civil society organisations, businesses, international and intergovernmental organisations: we are all mobilised for the challenges that face us. The complexity of the climate challenge requires us to not only work at the global level but also to foster support at the appropriate intermediary levels. The Euro-Mediterranean region is undeniably one of these levels”.
In line with its mandate to enhance regional cooperation on climate action, the Union for the Mediterranean is deeply engaged in the development of a common, region-wide Mediterranean Climate Agenda that is reflected through various major activities at the COP22: the launch of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Platform; and the launch of a major Mediterranean project for Reneable Energy in the Private Sector.