STRATEGIC URBAN DEVELOPMENT ACTION PLAN 2040 for sustainable, resilient and inclusive communities in the Mediterranean review process

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a workshop, seminar, course or other meeting


The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) have the honour to present the draft UfM Strategic Action Plan and its Housing Action Plan to Euro-Mediterranean local and regional authorities, as well as associations active in the region, within the framework of the ongoing consultation process on the draft texts.

The UfM is an intergovernmental organization, which brings together the EU Member States and other littoral States in the Mediterranean, along with Jordan and Mauritania. The UfM Co-presidency is shared by the European Commission and Jordan since 2012, representing EU and non-EU Member States, respectively.

The UfM Urban Agenda was launched at the Second UfM Ministerial Conference on Sustainable Urban Development, which was held in Cairo in May 2017. Drawing upon all current global and regional policy frameworks, a team of academics from the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in The Netherlands has devised the UfM Strategic Urban Development Action Plan 2040 as a strategic guidance document for UfM Member States for sustainable, resilient and inclusive urbanisation in the region. The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has contributed to the work on the Strategic Action Plan. A Housing Consultant has assisted the TU Delft team as regards the Housing Action Plan.

In tandem with the UfM Strategic Action Plan, a pipeline of urban projects for potential labelling by the UfM has been evolving. Notwithstanding adverse effects of the current pandemic on global economy and international credit flows, there seem to be considerable opportunities for the co-financing of ‘quality’ and ‘bankable’ projects by national governments, EC, EIB, other IFIs and donors.

This meeting also launches a process of consultation and cooperation with local authorities in the region in line with the UfM Strategic Urban Development Action Plan. As final recipients of urban projects and policies, local authorities of the region will have a key role in the implementation of the UfM Strategic and Housing Action Plans.
Period29 Oct 2020
Held atUnion for the Mediterranean
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • UfM
  • Union for the Mediterranean
  • European Committee of the Regions
  • Barcelona Process
  • Action Plan for Urbanisation in the Mediterranean
  • Strategic Planning
  • Policy Framework
  • Transnational policy framework
  • Policy diffusion
  • Policy learning
  • Institutional learning
  • Integrated policy
  • Governance
  • International governance