Mediterranean side event at the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 21-22 March 2019


The Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) is a multi-stakeholder platform for SDG solutions, organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in close cooperation with the Regional UN System. The Regional Forum follows up on and reviews the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UNECE region. Focusing on practical value-added and peer learning, it creates a regional space to share policy solutions, best practices and challenges in SDG implementation and helps identify major regional and sub-regional trends.

The Regional Forum is open to the participation of all relevant stakeholders, including international and regional organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector. Fourteen of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention are also UNECE Members: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey.

Side event on voluntary peer review mechanisms in support of sustainable development in the Mediterranean

The MAP – Barcelona Convention Secretariat has joined forces with the Hellenic Ministry of the Environment and Energy to organize a side event that aims to showcase all the analogs of global mechanisms for sustainable development that are in place in the Mediterranean region, namely:

  • the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD), a forum for experiences sharing and a multi-stakeholder advisory body;
  • the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD), a translation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs at the regional level; and,
  • the Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (SIMPEER), an innovative incentive for promoting dialogue between volunteer Mediterranean countries on national structures, processes and policies for sustainable development.

Pertinent testimonies from Mediterranean countries will be at the core of this side event: Representatives of France, Greece and Montenegro will report on peer learning activities related to their national frameworks established for implementing the 2030 Agenda and SDGs.

A representative from the UNECE Environment Division will correlate the countries’ experiences to those of the UNECE Environmental Performance Review Programme.

The side event will take place on Thursday, 21 March 2019, 13:00-14:30 - International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG).

More information on the side event (flyer)


The Regional Dimension as a bridge between global processes and national policies for sustainable development in the Mediterranean

The 2030 Agenda acknowledges the importance of the regional and sub-regional dimensions, regional economic integration and interconnectivity in sustainable development. Regional and sub-regional frameworks are recognized as facilitating the effective translation of sustainable development policies intro concrete action at the national level. Furthermore, the 2030 Agenda welcomes the cooperation of regional and sub-regional commissions and organizations and encourages states to identify the most suitable regional fora in which to engage.

The MAP – Barcelona Convention system has a leading role in facilitating the coordinated implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs at the regional level and in ensuring the transition towards a green and blue economy in the Mediterranean. It supports long-standing processes and structures adapt the global processes to the Mediterranean dimension:

  • The Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD) 2016-2025 provides guidance for all stakeholders and partners to translate the 2030 Agenda at the regional, sub-regional and national levels. The MSSD provides an integrative policy framework for securing a sustainable future for the Mediterranean region in consistency with the SDGs. In line with the SDG 12 on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), the MSSD supports investment in the environment as the optimum way to secure long-term sustainable jobs and socio-economic development.
  • The Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD) is the multi-stakeholder advisory body mandated to ensure the integration of environmental protection and sustainable development policies in the region by serving as a forum for discussion and exchange of best available practices. The MCSD Members are representatives of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention as well as experts from local authorities, civil society/NGOs, socio-economic actors, the scientific community, IGOs, and Parliamentarians, all participating in deliberations on equal footing.
  • The Mediterranean Sustainability Dashboard is a list of indicators for monitoring the implementation of the MSSD which is aligned with the global SDG indicator framework.
  • The Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (SIMPEER), is an innovative incentive for promoting dialogue and exchange of experiences and best practices on National Strategies on Sustainable Development among Mediterranean countries. The SIMPEER pilot edition was carried out in 2016-2017 with the participation on a voluntary basis, of France, Montenegro and Morocco. SIMPEER is an adaptive tool which supports the preparation and follow-up of the annual Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) presented to the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF).
Date of Article: 
Monday, March 4, 2019