As the UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Centre acting as an observatory of the environment and development in the Mediterranean, Plan Bleu ensured the technical work supporting the Review process of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD), in close collaboration with UNEP/MAP Coordinating Unit acting as Secretariat of the Barcelona and the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD), with the help of the other RACs. Adopted in 2005 by the Parties, MSSD 2005-2015 had already received the scientific and technical support from Plan Bleu.
At their 18th ordinary meeting (COP18) held in Istanbul (Turkey) in December 2013, the riparian countries requested UNEP/MAP-Barcelona Convention to launch the MSSD Review process. This process was implemented during biennium 2014-2015 and, at the end, Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention approved MSSD 2016-2025 at COP19 (Athens, Greece, 9-12 February 2016).
MSSD 2016-2025 is the result of over two years of intensive collaborative work within the MAP system and beyond, as described in this webpage. MSSD 2016-2025 was developed through a highly inclusive process, in which all member States and regional key stakeholders had the opportunity to participate. Involvement, support, and substantial contributions from many regional and national organizations and stakeholders were crucial to develop this important document.
Although facilitated by the MAP system, it is the participation of all stakeholders that will play a decisive role in the delivery of the Strategy, from national and local governments to civil society, academia, private sector, and the support of regional institutions. That is why we rely on you to maintain your valuable commitment for the implementation of the Strategy!
1st Technical Meeting on Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (SIMPEER) of National Strategies for Sustainable Development
Taking opportunity of the organization of the technical workshop on “How to monitor the MSSD 2016-2025 implementation and the Regional Action Plan on SCP in the Mediterranean?” (Barcelona, 17th October 2016), the UNEP/MAP-Barcelona Convention Coordinating Unit and Plan Bleu decided to organize, back to back, the SIMPEER first technical meeting on the 18th October 2016 at the Catalan Waste Management Agency in Barcelona.
After the adoption, the challenge is now the MSSD implementation. Facilitated by the MAP system, the participation of all stakeholders will play a decisive role in the delivery of the Strategy, from national and local governments to civil society, academia, private sector, and the support of regional institutions. It is a collective effort, through which the sum will be much greater than the addition of the parts, thanks to the synergies developed and economies of scale achieved. That is why we encourage the commitment of all concerned stakeholders for the implementation of the Strategy.