The Mediterranean region, a Climate Hotspot in the spotlight
COP 27 to host a first-ever Mediterranean Pavilion
Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt – 6 to 18 November 2022
For the first time in COP’s history, the 27th edition will host a Mediterranean Pavilion. The initiative is conceived to highlight both the urgent challenges 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.
Located in the COP27 Blue zone, the Mediterranean Pavilion will host relevant events and working meetings and provide an exceptional opportunity to highlight these severe challenges as well as to illustrate, share, scale up and discuss the advanced initiatives applied and planned in the region.
The Mediterranean Pavilion is conceived as a space for all regional actors – public and private, scientific and academic, technical, policymaking, civil society, finance, and business – actively engaged in facing the climate crisis in and around the Mediterranean Sea. The initiative is led by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) together with the United Nations Environment Programme – Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP-MAP) and the PRIMA Foundation, along with a coalition of the most relevant organizations dealing with climate action in the region (see list below). In an innovative approach, the Mediterranean Pavilion will have the independent network of Mediterranean Experts on Environmental and Climate Change (MedECC) as a scientific council advising all its activities. MedECC gathered over 600 scientists from 35 countries and published 2019 the first-ever scientific assessment report on the impact of environmental and climate change in the Mediterranean region.
Following a summer dominated by climate and environmental emergencies across the region and within the context of a global climate crisis, the Mediterranean area faces challenges of its own that can lead to regional instability: extremely severe and accelerated impact – it is the planet’s second fastest warming region (warming 20% faster than the global average)– overlapping with a dangerous socio-economic asymmetry and lack of integration. But the Mediterranean is also a hub for emerging solutions – public policies and private initiatives – that can serve as a blueprint for similar efforts to be scaled up globally.
An effective and rapid transition requires a joint effort by all the relevant actors. The Pavilion is meant to serve the region and will operate as a hub for activities and partnerships undertaken by regional public institutions, civil society organisations, and private sector entities catalysing a sustainable transition through collective and scalable innovation. In this regard, the organisers invite organizations to host activities and participate in the Pavilion’s discussions and negotiations (information on the call is published here www.mediterraneanpavilion.com).
Journalists interested in receiving further upcoming information on the Pavilion’s activities, announcements, press events, or booking interviews with a Mediterranean Pavilion’s representative, please contact: [email protected]
The information on the daily agenda and activities foreseen during the COP27 will be published soon on www.mediterraneanpavilion.com.
Know the Mediterranean Pavilion’s organizers and partners
- Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)
- United Nations Environment Programme – Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP-MAP) and Plan Bleu and MedWaves
- Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Foundation (PRIMA)
- ENI-CBC Med Programme
- Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA)
- European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts and the Copernicus Earth observation programme
- German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)
- International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)
- Interreg MED Programme and Unimed
- Med Energy Conference & Exhibition (OMC)
- Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (PA2F)
In June and October 2021, the 42 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean signed two UfM Ministerial Declarations to tackle Energy challenges and Environment and Climate Change in the region. Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to lead by example and reflect the highest possible ambition by accelerating the transition towards fair, resilient, climate-neutral, and resource-efficient economies in an attempt to limit the average global temperature rise to 1.5°C, halt and reverse biodiversity’s loss and reduce air pollution. The Mediterranean Pavilion’s initiative reflects the commitment of the Euro-Mediterranean countries toward effectively tackling climate change.
The dire warnings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the network of Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change (MedECC) also drew attention to the Mediterranean as one of the world’s hotspots of climate change. Read the full study.
Media accreditation for COP 27 in Sharm el-Sheikh is open
The sessions will be held from 6 to 18 November 2022 at the Sharm El Sheikh International Convention Centre (SHICC), El Salam Road, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Online Registration System: https://onlinereg.unfccc.int/ . Further information on media accreditation and a list of our frequently asked questions (FAQs) is available online.