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Rome MED – Mediterranean Dialogues 2021

Rome MED – Mediterranean Dialogues 2021

A positive agenda for the Mediterranean, between transition and signs of recovery
7th edition of the MED-Dialogues Conference sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and ISPI


On 2 to 4 December 2021, the 7th edition of the Rome MED – Mediterranean Dialogues Conference, sponsored since 2015 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and ISPI, will be held in Roma, at Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi (Via Gerolamo Frescobaldi 5), in hybrid mode, that is, taking place both online and in person and live streamed on the Ministry’s web platform.

The event will be officially opened on Friday, 3 December, by addresses, delivered in person, by Mario Draghi, President of the Council of Ministers, Luigi Di Maio, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Giampiero Massolo, President of ISPI. The MED-Dialogues event will close on Saturday, 4 December, with a closing address by Minister Luigi Di MaioInstead, on 2 December, a preview event – the Med-Fora – will be held consisting in a series of international seminars.

The Conference will be attended, both in person and online by the following persons – among others – Josep Borrell, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; Paolo Gentiloni, European Commissioner for Economy; J. Olivér Varhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement; Ayman Safadi, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jordan; Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Deputy Prime Minister e Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar;  Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigration of Yemen; Riad Malki, Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates; Evarist Bartolo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Malta; Najla Al Mangoush, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Libya; Abdallah Bou Habib, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigration of Lebanon; Alpha Barry, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Burkina Faso;  Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal; Anže Logar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia; Gordan Grlić-Radman, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia; Majid Bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, Minister of Commerce of Saudi Arabia; Qu Dongyu, Secretary General of FAO; Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the Arab League; Antonio Vitorino, Director General of IOM; Rafael Grossi, Director General of IAEA; Nassar Kamel, Secretary General of UpM; Mircea Geoana, NATO Deputy Secretary General;  Geir O. Pedersen, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria; Staffan De Mistura, Personal Envoy of the Secretary General for Western Sahara, United Nations;  Emanuela Del Re, European Union Special Representative for the Sahel; Sven Koopmans, Special Representative for the Peace Process in the Middle East, European Union; Zhan Jun, Special Chinese Envoy for the Middle East; Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, OPEC Secretary General.

MED Dialogues 2021 aims to develop “a positive agenda” for the Mediterranean, at a time of pandemic and political and economic transition, based on multilateralism as a strategy for conflict resolution. Among the strategic themes at the heart of the debate are the main security challenges, innovative policies for the management of migratory flows, the fate of the younger generations after the pandemic, the main actions to accelerate the transition towards a green and sustainable economy, the complex problems posed by the climate emergency and reviving the Middle East peace process. It will be an opportunity to discuss how to respond cooperatively to the widespread need for security in a complex and multifaceted region. The future of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership, the role of NATO and the strategies of the European Union, the United States and Russia for the area will also be discussed.

Last but not least, the Med Fora seminars held on 2 December will investigate strategic issues for the region, such as the role of women and their contribution to social and economic growth, the economic relevance of infrastructure, the complexity of the migratory issue, the strategic role of cyber security, and the contribution of civil society in the Mediterranean countries.

MED Dialogues has become a year-long initiative: over the last few months, in fact, no less than thirty meetings have been held, in digital mode, with top-level international personalities, to strengthen the contribution of ideas and proposals and discuss the situation in the key countries in the region.

The speeches may be followed directly in the conference room (Sala Fernandez), by the photographers and media operators, and in the Press Room, by audio/video, by the journalists accredited to attend in person.

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