Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD)

25 October 2012 | Article



Created in 1996, the MCSD [1] aims to provide a bridge between the desire to pursue sustainable development and its effective implementation. It offers a framework in which to define a Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD) [2].

The MCSD is made up of 46 members, including 22 who represent the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention, 24 who represent the wider community, and 14 alternate members who, in principle, have a a 2-year mandate.

The MCSD functions on the basis of specialized working groups, to whom the various components of the MAP offer their support for the purpose of addressing problems related to development in the Mediterranean area.

In addition to its activities dealing with specific themes, the MCSD has prepared a Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development. The MCSD addresses priority areas (water, energy, transport, tourism, agriculture, urban development and coastal management) as well as transversal issues (knowledge management, strengthening of capabilities, governance, partnerships, financial strategies).

Adopted by the Contracting Parties in 2005, the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development aims to adapt international commitments, such as the Millennium Development Goals [3], to regional conditions, in order to guide national strategies for sustainable development and create dynamic partnerships among countries at different stages of development.




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