The Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development set to meet in Malta

15.05.2013
The 15th meeting of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD) will be held in Malta from 10 to 12 June 2013.

The MCSD meeting gathers representatives of Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention, experts as well as a number of UNEP/MAP partners. It will be a platform for exchanges of national and regional experiences on sustainable development and provide advice to the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and Coastal Regions in the Mediterranean. The focus of the MCSD this year is on the implications of Rio+20 for the Mediterranean.

The outcomes of the World Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20) especially in relation to water, sustainable consumption and production and governance are highly relevant for the Mediterranean region.

Discussions during the meeting will help in advancing proposals that enable the Mediterranean region to implement the Rio+20 outcomes and progress towards achieving sustainable development.

Through the exchange of best practices of sustainable development implementation in the region, the meeting will provide networking and learning opportunities.

MCSD Reform and priorities for the next Biennium are also on the agenda for discussion.

Background Information

The MCSD was created in 1996 by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention to convey their commitment to sustainable development and to the effective implementation, at the regional and national levels, of the decisions of the Earth Summit and the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development.

The MCSD is made up of 22 permanent members representing each of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention, as well as rotating representatives from the wider community.