One year ago, during the meeting of Senior Officials of the 43 Member States of Union for the Mediterranean, the UMF Secretariat launched the Initiative to finance urban projects (UPFI). UPFI is the financial component of the "Euro-Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Urban Development", an initiative of the Union for the Mediterranean to establish a common and shared framework for the promotion of strategies and plans for sustainable and urban development.
The UPFI aims to identify and select sustainable urban development projects to improve living conditions in the countries of South and East of the Mediterranean. UFM hopes that by 2030, 80% of the Mediterranean population will live in urban areas. The Secretariat's role is to respond to Mediterranean issues related to demographic and environmental pressure. UPFI finances ambitious and innovative projects which could be realized quickly. These urban projects must have a strategic significance in a logic of sustainable development economically, socially and friendly. They must integrate several dimensions on the renovation and urban Layouts, transport, water, sanitation, waste and infrastructure.
INTA is pleased to have joined UFM through UPFI initiative to encourage sustainable development in the Mediterranean region. Our association has recently attended a workshop at the headquarters of UFM in Palau Pedralbes, Barcelona. This one-day workshop brought together for the first time all the actors involved in the UPFI process - namely project developers, financial partners and consultants teams.
Trough the UPFI program, INTA is currently conducting a technical assistance mission in Aqaba. The mission is to differentiate the urban, commercial, tourism issues, related to the complexity of the location of Aqaba, and to say how the City Center can both serve and enjoy these features of the territory, while projecting a good image.