Barcelona +25: Cities in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership

26 November 2020. From 12:00 | Conference | English | Online
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Today, more than ever, the complex and urgent challenges the region faces require intergovernmental cooperation and the co-development of solutions. Climate change, migration, growing inequalities, technological disruptions, and the impact of regional armed conflicts and global crises like the Covid-19 pandemic cannot be tackled by one country alone. To respond effectively to these challenges, a renewal of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation is needed, as well as its rethinking in a manner that actively engages sub-state and non-state actors.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona Process, CIDOB and its partners launch a series of dialogues on how cities can be given a greater role in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. The series brings together mayors, experts, representatives of civil society, research organisations and the private sector from the North and South to explore how the region can transition to a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient future. Together they address some of the most urgent challenges the Mediterranean faces, including the climate emergency, migration, local democracy and regional cooperation.

The series culminates in a final online conference on 26 November in which the mayors of six major Mediterranean cities discuss their views on the region and how cities can contribute to strengthening cooperation and solidarity. Building on the preceding series of dialogues, the conference addresses and elaborates on some of the main issues and questions raised in the dialogues.