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'Tangier meet furthered development of a Mediterranean climate agenda'

By JT - Jul 20,2016 - Last updated at Jul 20,2016

AMMAN — MedCOP Climate 2016, held in Tangier on Monday and Tuesday, furthered the development of a Mediterranean climate agenda, according to a statement by the organisers made available to The Jordan Times.

The Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), an institutional partner of the Tangier region for the summit, has been helping to develop initiatives to combat climate change. “The fight against climate deregulation in the Mediterranean region can only be won by strengthening regional cooperation and developing concrete schemes.

This is the UfM’s core business," Fathallah Sijilmassi, the UfM Secretary General, was quoted in the statement as saying. The secretariat has supported the creation of a Mediterranean network of young people working on climate issues, the statement said.

The network currently includes five organisations from both the northern and southern shores of the Mediterranean with the purpose of bringing together a large number of youth associations in the Mediterranean to develop shared regional projects to fight against climate change.

MedCOP Climate was both a crucial milestone in the region’s preparations for the global climate change summit COP22, to be held in November in Marrakesh, Morocco, and a milestone in the implementation of the Paris Agreement, through specific regional actions, the statement said.

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