05-02-2012

PAM AND THE UNITED NATIONS TO STRENGTHEN COOPERATION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION

PAM AND THE UNITED NATIONS TO STRENGTHEN COOPERATION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION
The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM), H.E. Senator Fayez Al-Tarawneh (Jordan), and Secretary General, Amb. Sergio Piazzi, met the United Nations Secretary General, H.E. Ban Ki-moon in Amman, on the occasion of the 19th Bureau Meeting of the Assembly.
(Photo: Left to right - H.E. Amb. Sergio Piazzi, H.E. Ban Ki-moon, H.E. Fayez Al-Tarawneh).

The United Nations and PAM have agreed to follow-up this meeting with an exchange of letters, whereby the Assembly will put at the disposal of the UN System its parliamentary diplomacy and confidence building instruments within the regional context, for the benefit of a more coordinated strategy in approaching the necessary actions to sustain the democratic processes and the social and economic development of the peoples in the area.

During the meeting, the PAM President gave an overview of the latest activities of the Assembly. Topics discussed covered the Middle East, including the Arab -Israeli exploratory talks, the situation in Syria, as well as the Constitutional Reform Process in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the economic situation in the region. The PAM - EBRD partnership was referred to as a model initiative. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also expressed his appreciation to PAM’s efforts and support to the UN missions during the crisis in Libya. 
 
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean is an Observer at the UN General Assembly, and since its establishment has worked and collaborated closely with a number of UN Departments, Agencies and Programmes in the political, humanitarian, social, economic and cultural sectors. This was the third meeting between H.E. Ban Ki-moon and PAM MPs and Secretary General. 
“Parliamentarians themselves have a primary function at the national and regional level since they can influence, with determination, their governments’ actions and policies”, Mr Ban Ki-moon had said during previous meetings. He had also praised PAM’s outreach and offered his full personal support to its initiatives, “which are aimed at creating the necessary dialogue and promote the implementation of tangible measures that can further lead to the establishment of peaceful coexistence between populations”. //
 
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