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Summer School on Sustainable Development Goals: Water as Key Development Factor in the Mediterranean

  • Starts: Jul 08, 2016
  • Ends: Jul 13, 2016
  • Location: Marseille, France
  • By: CMI, IRD and Aix-Marseille University
  • Context


    In light of the economic, social and environmental challenges that have become key characters to planet Earth in the early 21st century, the North and South scientific and academic communities have a specific role to play through contributing to the global knowledge advancements and promotion of relevant research to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations.


    The International Campus for Cooperation and Development launched in 2016 by the Aix-Marseille University (AMU), the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) and the French Agency for Development (AFD) as well as multiple of their partners is aiming at delivering an ambitious approach developing a program based on questioning the role of science and its potential contribution to the implementation of the SDGs to be used during the Summer school of Sustainable Development.


    The Summer School, which will take place in Marseille from July 8 to July 13, 2016 targets scientists such as researchers, professors, researchers, heads of departments, doctoral students, post-docs as well as potential sustainable development implementing actors such as policy-makers, managers of local, national and international institutions, ministries, NGOs and companies from both North and South willing to contribute to the achievement of the 2030 agenda for the benefit of future generations.


    The summer school will also include a Cycle for advanced studies, tailored to perfectly explain the notion of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to around 30 participants of which 15 are Southern Mediterranean and Sahel natives and 15 are from the North of the Mediterranean.


    Background information

    The 1st Summer School on the Sustainable Development Goals, is part of the International Campus for Cooperation and Development, an event organized by Aix-Marseille University (AMU), the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) and the French Agency for Development (AFD) and supported by the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Prefecture of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region, the Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, the Department of Bouches-du-Rhône, the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropole and the city of Marseille.


    In partnership with the Centre for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD), the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), Campus France, the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (Imera), Euroméditerranée, Agency for Euro-Mediterranean Sustainable Cities and Mediterranean territories (Avitem), Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), the Office for Economic Cooperation for the Mediterranean and the Middle East (OCEMO), Plan Bleu, Anima Investment Network, GRET.


    CMI and Plan Bleu Panel on Water as Key Development Factor in the Mediterranean

    The shortage of water resources is a major constraint to development. The Middle East and North Africa is one of the world’s most affected regions by it and the situation can only worsen with the impacts of climate change. Conflicts over access to water does not only arise between states they also emerge on a more local level between users to guarantee the satisfaction of their basic needs.


    In this context and to highlight the common issues facing the Mediterranean countries with regard to water management, the CMI and Plan Bleu are organizing a panel discussing the following subjects: 

    • Natural resources as key factors in ensuring stability in the region
    • The Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (2016-2025)
    • The economic approach to water demand management
    • Network efficiency in water recovery and provision of water for all
    • Water as a tool to emancipate women in rural areas 



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