Montpellier and Palma join MedCities
The MedCities Association is being bolstered by the addition of two new full members – the cities of Montpellier, France, and Palma de Mallorca, Spain – and a new observer member, the Mediterranean Citizens' Assembly Foundation (MCAF).
The ahderence of Palma and the MCAF were approved unanimously by the MedCities members on the occasion of the Association's General Assembly held at the end of last year. The membership of Montpellier will be formalised at the 2019 General Assembly. The new additions will bring the number of full members of MedCities to 58, along with two observer members.
Montpellier covers an area of 56.88 km² and has 279,845 inhabitants, making it the 20th largest city in France. Palma de Mallorca is the capital of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands. Covering 208.63 km² in area and encompassing 400,578 inhabitants, Palma de Mallorca is the most populous city on the island and the 20th largest city in Spain.
Montpellier was represented at the MedCities Annual Conference by Mayor Phillipe Saurel, who spoke on the importance of city-to-city diplomacy. Palma de Mallorca was represented by Governor of Ecology, Agriculture and Animal Welfare Neus Truyol, who spoke on the subject of climate change, emphasising the need to address the problem of single-use plastics.
The MCAF is a civil-society network that promotes citizen dialogue, proposals and actions around all shores of the Mediterranean. It encourages democratic values of freedom, peace and respect for diversity, as well as environmental responsibility in the region.