Climate change tied to geopolitical crises, says Kamel (UfM)

Says Dialogues 'prestigious meeting place to face challenges'

05 December, 18:18

    Nasser Kamel, secretary-general of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) meets Italy Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Emanuela Del Re, in Rome Nasser Kamel, secretary-general of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) meets Italy Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Emanuela Del Re, in Rome

    ROME - Nasser Kamel, secretary-general of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), told ANSAmed on Thursday on the sidelines of the Med Dialogues conference in Rome that in the Mediterranean today "we are much more worried by the effects of climate change, because it is correlated to all the other conflicts, including geopolitical ones".

    Kamel said that in the region, "we are facing a climate emergency, much more than in the rest of the world".

    At Med Dialogues, Kamel participated in a conference on investments in water, sponsored by UfM.

    "When we look at the Sahel or the Sahara, part of the problem is climate change. When we look at migratory flows that arrive in Italy, part of them are linked to climate change. Ours is the second hardest-hit region in the world by the phenomenon, after the Arctic, but no one lives in the Arctic. There are 500 million who live around Mare Nostrum. What we are trying to do with UfM is to spread the question of climate change in everything that we do, in economic development, in education, in scientific research, in regional integration, and above all in trying to push member states to define clear measures," Kamel said.

    "We are among the actors and we are trying to help in the creation of what we at UfM call 'an area of peace, stability, and prosperity'. Now these objectives aren't easy to achieve," he said. Speaking about Med Dialogues, Kamel said the conference "is one of the most prestigious in the world, and has an important role more than others in pushing all those involved to face the challenges" of the region.

    "There isn't any national response to these challenges. We need collective responses, and to define these responses we must unite, talk, and plan actions to face these challenges. The Mediterranean is a union, when talking about geopolitical, environmental, and economic challenges. When we talk about migration, this is tied to climate change, to political instability," he said.

    "If the Mediterranean and Europe didn't meet at Med Dialogues or in other fora, such as the Union for the Mediterranean, we wouldn't be able to truly find the right responses," he said.

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