UNFCC COP 27 | MedECC Side Event “Climate change and security in the Mediterranean region”

MedECC Side Event on climate change and security in the Mediterranean region

The MedECC actively participated at the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2022 COP 27 (6-18 Nov, 2022, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt). As a partner of the Mediterranean Pavilion, the first of its kind to be implemented in the history of the COP’s, the MedECC organised the side event “Climate change and security in the Mediterranean region”. The objective of the event is to present the weaknesses and strengths of the Mediterranean region facing political, socio-economic and environmental threats. The event will tackled the concept of multiple risks induced by climate and environmental changes and amplified by these threats with a particular attention brought on conflicts and migrations, problems that amplify the vulnerability of the region. More details.

Participants (by order of interventions):
  • Andrea Dessì – Scientific Director, New Med Research Network and Head, Italian Foreign Policy programme, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Italy
  • Wolfgang Cramer – Research director in environmental geographer and global ecologist (Mediterranean Institute for Biodiversity and Ecology, CNRS, France), Coordinating Lead Author of the cross-chapter paper on the Mediterranean Region of the IPCC AR6 and co-coordinator of MedECC
  • Roula Majdalani – Senior Climate Advisor, ICARDA One CGIAR, Lebanon
  • Silvia Pariente-David– Senior advisor and Consultant on energy and climate change (MedECC)
  • Mohamed Behnassi. Senior Environmentalist Expert, Economic Social & Environmental Council (ESEC) & Director, Center for Environment, Human Security and Governance (CERES), Rabat, Morocco
  • Lina Tode – Deputy Director of Plan Bleu, UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Center, France (Final remarks)


For the first time in history, COP27 (6-18 Nov, 2022) has hosted a Mediterranean Pavilion, seeking to highlight both the urgent challenges the region faces the region is currently facing, and the innovative solutions already being developed throughout the Mediterranean, raising awareness on a region overlooked in the climate negotiations. The iniative has been led by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) together with UNEP/MAP and the PRIMA Foundation, along with a coalition of institutions dealing with climate action in the region. Two UNEP/MAP components, as well as the network of experts MedECC, are co-sponsoring this initiative, namely Plan Bleu (the UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Center specializing in sustainable development) and MedWaves (the UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production), through the Government of Catalonia of Spain and the EU-funded SwitchMed programme.