The Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) is participating, for the sixth consecutive year, at the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly, being held in New York between 15 September and 6 October 2015. Members of the PAM delegation will attend today (Friday 25 October 2015) the Plenary Meeting for the Address by His Holiness Pope Francis
In New York the PAM high level delegation will have a number of consultations with senior UN and Security Council officials, with whom major current issues will be discussed and PAM’s parliamentary role and contribution in the Mediterranean region will be further coordinated to assist with the humanitarian missions and operations of the UN Agencies in the regional crisis areas. 
PAM will also participate at the United Nations Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which will be held on 25-27 September. 
The PAM delegation, lead by Secretary General, Ambassador Sergio Piazzi, also includes H.E. Michel Marie Vauzelle (France), PAM Vice-President, H.E. Ninel Peia (Romania), H.E. ionas-Florin Urcan (Romania), Prof. Angelo Riccaboni (Italy), H.E. Nathalie Anne Agnes Amoratti Blanc (Monaco), H.E. Francesco Maria Amoruso (Italya) PAM Honorary President, H.E. Mohamed Abu El Enein (Egypt) PAM Honorary President and Prof. Angelo Riccaboni, Rector of the University of Siena, in his capacity as member of the PAM Academic Platform. 
Another important event for PAM, in New York, will be the high-level side event convened by the United Nations Secretary-General, on the theme “Strengthening cooperation on migration and refugee movements in the perspective of the new development agenda”, to be held on 30 September.   The aim of the meeting is to encourage enhanced cooperation and collective action in dealing with the problems and challenges of migration and human mobility, including mixed movements involving migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees.  Facilitating safe, orderly and responsible mobility is also a key component of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which requires coordinated action not only among States, but also at all levels of Government, and with a series of non-governmental stakeholders, to ensure no one is left behind.
Only a few days ago, the President of the Assembly, Sen. Dr. Mohammed Biadillah, in a statement addressed to the PAM Bureau and member parliaments, recalled that the PAM High level delegation, during its mission in Syria and Lebanon last April, had already been alerted by senior UN Officials that large numbers of refugees, gathered in camps in the neighbouring countries of Syria, had started moving towards Europe, as a result of the prolonged conflict and due to the reduced international assistance caused by the lack of sufficient funding to the relief organisations. Sen. Biadillah made a strong appeal to support, with the necessary resources and funds, international bodies such as UNICEF, UNHCR and IOM, in order for them to fulfil their more than humanitarian mission in the region.
The PAM President also commended the UN Secretary General for his decision to hold the urgent meeting in New York, on 30 September, dedicated to the refugee crisis, in particular that of the Mediterranean, as well as the ongoing efforts of the UN Security Council to adopt a stronger common position on the issue. 
 “The member states of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean need to give a clear sign of solidarity, unity and responsibility towards our fellow regional citizens who need our full support and assistance. I call on my parliamentary colleagues to mobilise their national parliaments to encourage governments to reaffirm our traditional values and apply them through a series of political decisions needed at both the national and regional levels”, Sen. Biadillah concluded.//
Issued on: 25.09.2015
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