The MedCities Network
MedCities is a network of Mediterranean cities created in Barcelona in November 1991 at the initiative of the Mediterranean Environmental Technical Assistance Programme (METAP).
The METAP, whose objective was the environmental improvement in the Mediterranean region, was established in 1990 by the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, the European Commission and the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme).
The creation of MedCities was a consequence of METAP's objective of strengthening decentralised actions involving technical assistance as the best means of promoting awareness of urban environmental problems and making those actions into a vehicle for empowering municipalities in developing countries in respect of management of urban environmental issues. MedCities continues offering this support. Since then, MedCities has extended its activities from the initial local environment to the wider local sustainable development field.
Being a network of Mediterranean towns and cities belonging to different countries, its purpose is urban sustainable development as a way to improve living conditions in the Mediterranean region.
The main aims and purposes of the network are:
to develop the awareness of interdependence and common responsibility as regard policies of sustainable development, environmental conservation and social cohesion of the Mediterranean basin
to reinforce the role, competences and resources (institutional, financial and technical) of local administrations in the adoption and implementation of sustainable local development policies
to develop citizens' awareness and involvement in the sustainable development of their towns and cities
to get under way and develop policies for direct cooperation and partnership between partners and with other associations