On 10th March 2022, on the initiative of the Spanish Presidency of the 5+5 Dialogue on Water, a Ministerial Conference was held in the city of Valencia, Spain. On this occasion, the Ministers of the 5+5 countries adopted a Declaration whereby, inter alia, they entrust the Technical Working Group to elaborate and develop a Training Program for capacity building in the Western Mediterranean. Please find here the adopted Declaration of Valencia.

Subsequent to the Ministerial meeting, the Technical Working Group gathered to discuss the Draft Training Programme previously prepared by the MENBO Secretariat, following the mandate of the Ministers in the Ministerial Declaration. Please find here the draft minutes of the meeting as well as the draft Training Programme for capacity building that was the subject of discussions.

Moreover, back to back with the Ministerial Conference, a MedThink Seminar was organised on the previous day (agenda of the seminar). The Seminar was devoted to Climate change adaptation measures in the 5+5 countries. It was co-organised by the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) and the Mediterranean Network of Basin Organisations (MENBO). This event aimed to provide a space for dialogue among decision-makers, experts, and water professionals from both shores of the Mediterranean to discuss ways to ensure water security by adapting to the impacts of climate change. More info of this event.

The Medthink 5+5 Network of think tanks of the Western Mediterranean provides a multidisciplinary platform for debate linked to the 5+5 Dialogue, which contributes both to strengthening the network and to regional integration based on a bottom-up approach. Since its inception, in 2016, the Medthink network has organised different annual fora and seminars back to back with ministerial conferences of the 5+5 Dialogue.

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