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The Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Investment Bank (EIB) will organise a High-Level EU-Africa Forum on Green Investment on 23 April 2021, after a month of talks between African and European countries about the green transition and investment. The event will consist of around 25 online Green Talks, transmitted from capital cities on the two continents.

This forum will bring together representatives of government and business, international financial and development institutions, civil society and academe, showcasing a range of perspectives on sustainable development and green investment. It will be an opportunity to share experiences and innovative approaches to mobilising private and public capital to support the green transition in Africa and Europe, showing how a green and sustainable business model can be profitable, create jobs and wealth, whilst also helping the world to achieve its climate goals.

Topics covered will include:

  • the role of the EU and its Member States in curbing climate change across the world, with a focus on Africa
  • how international financial institutions are responding to this challenge through targeted, innovative instruments and enhanced outreach
  • how private sector models are changing to become greener and more sustainable.

The Portuguese Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, and the EIB President, Werner Hoyer, will jointly conduct the opening session.

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On 17 March, the UfM Regional Research and Innovation Platform will host a Virtual Kick Off Consultation to chart a course for its future.

Bringing together members of the newly established Expert Group, as well as other key stakeholders from national contact points and relevant research institutions and organisations, the meeting will build on the UfM’s longstanding commitment for an effective Euro-Mediterranean regional cooperation agenda.

The kick-off event for the consultation will open with introductions from UfM Platform Bureau co-chairs, Ms Nienke Buisman (DG Research and Innovation (RTD), European Commission) and Ms Rasha Smadi (HCST Jordan), as well as Itaf Ben Abdallah, UfM Secretariat and Senior Adviser on R&I.

Participants will discuss the horizontal integration aspects of the UfM R&I priorities, as well as the three Roadmaps/Theory of Change and Impact Pathways (TCIPs). Drafted by the Expert Group for mutual R&I cooperation development, these three roadmaps focus on the following priority areas: health, renewable energy and climate change.

The consultation process will also address the following issues: linkages between research and innovation, the major threats faced by research and development in the Mediterranean region, and how regional cooperation on science, innovation and development benefit local societies and contribute to a sustainable process.

The event is divided into two sections. First, members of the Expert Group commissioned by the UfM Platform to develop the Roadmaps will make short presentations on the state of play according to the three priority areas of Climate Change, Renewable Energies, and Health, including the Horizontal Approach to Crisis Management.

Following the presentations, invited participants will have the chance to make their preliminary remarks and ask any questions on the overall stakeholder consultation including the objectives and clarifications on how to contribute.

After registration, participants will receive the final agenda and the information to connect to the seminar a few days before the event.

The UE Programme COST is organizing an online awareness day for the Near Neighbour Countries´ Research Communities on the next 11th March 2021.

The 2-hour event is designed to explain the rationale of the COST Programme and participation options in COST Actions.
Speakers will highlight the most relevant information allowing successful participation in COST Actions’ activities.

Programme:

  • Welcome words, COST Association
  • Introduction to the COST Programme, COST Association
  • COST international cooperation approach, COST Association
  • What is a COST Action and how to get involved in it?, COST Association
  • Benefits of participating in a COST Action, COST Action participants from COST NNCs
  • Q&A session

Zoom link: https://cost-eu.zoom.us/j/82770337134

Further information here: https://www.cost.eu/events/cost-awareness-day-nnc-research-communities/

The Mauritanian Group of senior officials of the 5+5 Dialogue, co-chairing with Italy the 2019-2021 session of the dialogue, has a new President, namely Professor Cheikh Saad Bouh Camara. Mister Camara, Professor of sociology and economic history at the Faculty of Humanities, is the new President of the University of Nouakchott Al Aasriya (UNA). He replaces Professor Ahmedou Haouba who has retired. Prof Haouba has spent six years as a member of the 5+5 Dialogue senior officials group committee for Mauritania. During his participation in various sessions held in Rabat, Madrid, Tunis, Rome and Nouakchott, Professor Haouba has shown appreciable human and interpersonal qualities. On behalf of the whole 5+5 Dialogue senior officials group, we are pleased to welcome Prof. Camara into the group and wish Prof Haouba a rich and fulfilling retirement.

New call for participants! Training-of-Trainers “Effective management and sustainable development of fisheries resources and aquaculture”.

This activity aims to build a shared advanced scientific knowledge and create a common methodological ground for high-skilled experts on Blue Growth in the Western Mediterranean Region in promoting sustainable exploitation of the water resources such as small-scale fisheries and aquaculture. The Training program tackles issues related to the development and sharing of tools for effective management and sustainable development of fisheries resources; research and application of new approaches to fisheries management; as well as considering the environmental aspects and lack of regulation of the high seas fisheries sector for migratory species. The Training course is related to the following modules: 

  • Policies and Aquaculture Management
  • Policies and Fisheries Management
  • Biodiversity & Non-indigenous species (NIS) 
  • Aquaculture

Due to the covid-19 virus outbreak and current restrictions on mobility, the training will be offered in a series of live webinar sessions and four documentary videos related to fisheries and aquaculture will be shared with participants.

Venue: online

Lead: ISPAB - Higher Institute of Fishing Technologies and Aquaculture of Bizerte (Tunisia)

Dates: 7 - 10 December 2020

Apply here! Registration deadline is on Novemeber 22, 2020.

The complete call for participants is available at this link. and the programme agenda here.

For further information about the Deep Blue project visit: http://bluegrowth.inogs.it/deepblue

The Workshop “Dialogue for action and Brokerage in West Africa” will take place virtually on 28th -29th of October 2020.
This event will be promoted and organized by KEF and GO AFRICA, in close collaboration with CIHEAM-IAMB, BLE, DLR, KINNO and CSIR-GH.

Strengthening Europe-Africa partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA) and linking small businesses to existing research and innovation hubs, to test solutions with research funding opportunities and to fuel innovation, are the main objectives of the event.

The event will be divided in four thematic sessions and will involve farmers’ associations, research institutions, donors and policy makers. Special attention will be dedicated to 25 young innovators (previously selected through a specific “call for innovative ideas” carrying their solutions to mitigate the socio-economic and environmental impacts of pandemics on FNSSA.

Register online here!

For updates and further information, visit www.leap4fnssa.eu.

The Deep Blue project aims at developing skills, building capacities, and enhancing the geopolitical dialogue in the western mediterranean region through increased international scientific cooperation (science diplomacy). It focuses on the main concerns related to the sustainable blue growth in the marine environment, such as the development and sharing of tools for monitoring and assessing environmental impacts of specific maritime activities and the use of marine spatial planning through the ecosystem-based approach.

The #7 newsletter index has been published recently and is composed by the following news:

  • Let’s start again! Deep blue project activities have been relaunched after a stop due to the covid-19 pandemic situation
  • The state of the art: we added six months!
  • The crossborder online traineeship a new formula and a new challenge
  • Deep blue study visit: an online participation to the european science open forum (esof2020) in trieste
  • Forthcoming: the online training of trainers coordinate by the tunisian institute for fishery and aquaculture based in bizerte
  • New edition of the second level university master in sustainable blue growth: the call for new students is now open!

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Further info about the project on the website: http://bluegrowth.inogs.it/deepblue

Interested in being part of the change for a better Mediterranean? Don't let go of this opportunity, apply for the 2021 edition of the Advanced Master in Sustainable Blue Growth! Join the 50+ students that successfully graduated and whose work is already shaping the future of the marine and maritime sector.

The Master in Sustainable Blue Growth is established to bring scientific excellence and technological innovation at the centre of a number of Blue Growth initiatives. The Master is jointly organized by University of Trieste and Italian National Institute of Oceanography and Geophysics - OGS to support the creation of stable and attractive blue career pathways throughout strengthening professional skills and enhancing competencies in fields related to sustainable blue growth. Postgraduate candidates with no restriction to age and citizenship are invited to apply. Scholarships are available.

Take you chance to be part of this experience! There are 12 full tuitions available for our students! You can be eligible if you come from these Countries: Albania, Algeria, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Montenegro, Morocco, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia.

Registration: read carefully the instructions and apply here http://bluegrowth.inogs.it/advanced-master-sustainable-blue-growth

Application Deadline: 28 October 2020, 23.59 CET (Italian Time)

More information: http://bluegrowth.inogs.it/advancedmaster/information

The 5+5 Dialogue Group of Senior Officials - GSO will soon gather in Nouakchott under the Mauritanian presidency.

During the 3th and 4th of December 2019, the University of Nouakchott Al Aasriya (Mauritania) wil host the 8th Group Senior Officials (GSO) Meeting of the 5+5 Dialogue for Research, Innovation and Higher education within the western Mediterranean region.
The delegates from Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia will discussed about the implementation steps of the current work plan approved in Roma in June 2019 for the biennium 2019-2021.

The opening ceremony will be introduced by the Mauritaniana Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research, and Information and communication technologies (MESRSTIC).

Representatives from the partners institutions (Arab Maghreb Union, Union for the Mediterranean and European Union) are invited to participate in the meeting.

The Master in Sustainable Blue Growth is established to bring scientific excellence and technological innovation at the centre of a number of Blue Growth initiatives. The Master is jointly organized by University of Trieste and Italian National Institute of Oceanography and Geophysics - OGS to support the creation of stable and attractive blue career pathways throughout strengthening professional skills and enhancing competencies in fields related to sustainable blue growth.

The third edition of the Master in Sustainable Blue Growth will start in January 2020 and will be held in Trieste (Italy) in three sessions of 15 days each (March, June and September 2020).

Postgraduate candidates with no restriction to age and citizenship are invited to apply. Scholarships are available. Take you chance to be part of this experience!

 

Registration: read carefully the instructions and apply here http://bluegrowth.inogs.it/advanced-master-sustainable-blue-growth

Application Deadline: 14 October 2019, 14.00 CET (Italian Time)

More information: http://bluegrowth.inogs.it/advancedmaster/information