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Project News: MC2CM met Beirut's Mayor and City Council Representatives

20 September 2017

On 8 September the MC2CM Project team comprised of ICMPD, UN-Habitat and UCLG, met with the Mayor of Beirut, as well as members of the city council to discuss, amongs other things, the High Level Conference which will be held in Beirut from 7-8 November.

The conference will be organised in the framework of the Mediterranean City-to-City Migration project (MC2CM) funded by the European Commission Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. MC2CM brings together cities to improve migration governance at local level.

Mr Jamal Itani, Mayor of Beirut welcomed the project team and declared the full cooperation of the Municipality at the forefront of the High Level Conference, which is expected to host up to 70 participants. He stressed the importance for Beirut in the participation in the MC2CM project and expressed his hopes for strengthened cooperation among project partners.

During the conference, participants will discuss issues regarding city migration on a local and national level, will share their experience as transit cities for migration, as well as share experience of being a transit city for migrants, like this is the case of Beirut. Furthermore, the policy recommendations from the first project phase will be shared with Beirut and the other cities for comments upfront. They will then be presented during the event. Both the project team and Mayor Itani agree that political endorsement is crucial to support the work carried out.

The first phase of the MC2CM has been successfully carried out and is now supported by stakeholders in its second phase.


More information on the MC2CM project can be found here.