18-02-2016

PAM 10th Plenary Session debates economic and social issues in the Mediterranean

PAM 10th Plenary Session debates economic and social issues in the Mediterranean
The 10th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM), being held in Tirana, continued in the afternoon with the second and third sessions on the agenda.
 
Hon. Pedro Roque, President of PAM 2nd Standing Committee, chaired the second debate which  was dedicated to the economic and environmental challenges in the Mediterranean. The Participants were addressed by: H.E. Mr. Lefter Koka, Minister of Environment of Albania; H.E. Mr. Abdelkader Amara, Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment of the Kingdom of Morocco; H.E. Mr. Wu Hongbo, UN Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs; Mr. Eberhard Bömcke, Deputy Head of Division of the European Investment Bank (EIB); Mrs. Virginia Cram-Martos, Director of the Economic Cooperation and Trade Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE); Mr. Christian Blondin, Director of the Cabinet of the Secretary-General and of the External Relations Department of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
 
Parliamentarians from the National Assemblies of the PAM member states are debating and exchanging views on the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as on the migration emergency and foreign terrorist fighters. Around 250 delegates, including high-level representatives from International Parliaments, the United Nations and other regional organisations, are participating at the PAM Plenary Session.  
 
The third Sessions, chaired by Hon. Bilal Kasem, Vice-President of PAM 3rd Standing Committee discussed migration, inter-cultural dialogue and other social issues.
 
The keynote speakers included: H.E. Mr. Blendi Klosi, Minister of Youth and Social Welfare of Albania; H.E. Mrs. Mirela Kumbaro, Minister of Culture of Albania; H.E. Mr. Jean-Paul Laborde, Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate; H.E. Mr. Toby Lanzer, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel; Mr. Hakim El Ghissassi, Advisor at the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco; Mr. Andrew Mayne, Regional Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for South Eastern Europe; Mr. Peter van der Auweraert, Senior Regional Expert on Humanitarian Affairs and Transitional Programming of the International Organization for Migration (IOM); Mr. Donato Kiniger-Passigli, Coordinator Fragile States and Disaster Response of the International Labour Organization (ILO).//
 
 
 
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