Climate action, economic integration and support for women and youth are some of the key areas of partnership under a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the the Regional Bureau for Arab States of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The three-year agreement strengthens the collaboration between both entities to address common challenges across the Mediterranean and Arab States regions, enabling them to work together to build peace and prosperity through policy development, project implementation and knowledge sharing.
Actions to support countries to adapt to and mitigate the growing risks of climate change feature prominently under the agreement, including the development of a Mediterranean Climate Change Hub which will provide training to central and local public administration officers on climate adaptation, and enhance investigation and data collection.
With more than half the population of the Arab region below the age of 25 years, empowering young people by supporting leadership programmes and developing sound policies that address their needs is also a critical component. Additionally, mutual opportunities to promote employment and economic growth in the regions will be explored, with a focus on increasing the employability of vulnerable groups like youth and women and fostering a culture of both entrepreneurship and private sector development.
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