September 2019

Date: 29 September 2020

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Building a Mediterranean Water and Energy Community


Did you know?

“The word ‘admiral’ is derived from the Arabic emir al-bahr, ‘lord of the sea’ – it comes down to us directly from Norman Sicily, where the title was first used.”

>> John Julius Norwich, The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean 

From Around the Sea


Egypt eyes 47% renewable contribution to energy mix by 2035

The North African nation currently works with an international house of expertise to set a strategy that aims to boost the contribution of renewable energy to its energy mix to 47% by 2035 from a previous target of 42%.

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AMWAJ in Action

MEDREG: Supporting energy reforms in southern and eastern Mediterranean countries

Photo: Michel Petillo / REVOLVE


The future of energy cooperation in the Mediterranean was highlighted during the conference “MEDREG’s support to energy regulatory reforms in the Southern Mediterranean,” which took place on 19 September 2019 in Brussels. During this one day event, MEDREG shared some of the successes achieved in the last two years, through the voice and testimonies of six regulatory members. The day was attended by a diverse group of experts in the energy sector, journalists, the private sector, utilities and European institutions, all sharing a common interest in advancing a joint energy future of the Euro-Mediterranean region.

More about the event

Made in the Mediterranean

Palestine’s energy transformation


Energy scarcity is felt most keenly by rural women who bear the double burden of domestic and agricultural work.

In response, Friends of the Earth Palestine/Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network (PENGON) began implementing renewable energy projects to build the capacity of local people, especially women, to manage their own clean energy sources.

Since 2003, these projects have provided households, small farms, businesses and non-profit institutions like schools with reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity for their basic needs – such as lights, machinery and water pumps. 

Through training and advocacy, they put power back into the hands of Palestinian women, like Majida and Rasmeya. This is their story of People Power in action.

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EU-OECD Regional Seminar: Investment promotion and facilitation in the MED region


Organized in the context of the 4th Meeting of the OECD Investment Promotion Agency (IPA) Network on 22 October in Paris, the regional seminar will discuss monitoring and evaluating investment promotion activities, as well as the important role IPAs play in spurring innovation.

The event will also officially launch the publication, Mapping of Investment Promotion Agencies: Middle East and North Africa.

On 23 October participants are invited to attend the 2nd Roundtable on Investment and Sustainable Development, which will launch the first edition of the Qualities Indicators Toolkit and discuss what is needed to maximise private investment contributions towards achieving the 2030 Agenda and its climate change objectives. 

Seminar agenda


Budapest Water Summit 2019


The far-reaching challenges of global warming are inseparable from water. As a result increasingly severe weather and heavy environmental pollution of surface and underground waters, makes the Earth’s water economy more fragile every day.

The 2019 Budapest Water Summit will take place 15-17 October and offers an international meeting point for those who see and understand the looming trouble, and who, in addition to making committed declarations, would also build bridges of partnership in sustainable solutions.
About the summit
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