The European Union (EU)

The European Union (EU) is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, during a period of enlargement of 50 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms.

The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders.

With the aim of promoting employment, employability and business development in the Southern Mediterranean region and within the overall framework of the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), now replaced by the European Neighborhood Instrument (ENI), the European Union agreed with its partner countries from the Southern Mediterranean to a series of focused technical assistance programs, which include the development of clusters in cultural and creative industries in the Southern Mediterranean.

The project, implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), has taken stock of existing national and regional clusters activities and experiences in the region. The project will complement the ENPI as well as regional programs for private sector development activities, green entrepreneurship, intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity, and relevant future programs.

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The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)

The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is a multilateral partnership aiming at increasing the potential for regional integration and cohesion among Euro-Mediterranean countries. It is inspired by the shared political will to revitalize efforts to transform the Mediterranean into an area of peace, democracy, cooperation and prosperity.

Creative Mediterranean adheres to UfM priorities. Given that the EU-funded project share important goals — namely the development of the private sector and the promotion of inclusive growth — with the actions of the UfM, its Secretariat has decided to complement the project by serving as a regional platform for dialogue, exchange of experiences and dissemination of best practices within cultural and creative industries. This furthers entrepreneurial cooperation with a particular focus on gender equality, promote new employment opportunities, and support inclusive growth in the Southern Mediterranean.

The Union for the Mediterranean has attributed the project with its label as a sign of the project’s potential to deliver concrete benefits to the citizens of the Euro-Mediterranean region.

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Italian Development Cooperation

As an integral part of Italy’s foreign policy, the approach of the Italian Development Cooperation is based on two priorities: first, the need to ensure the protection of life and human dignity to all the planet’s inhabitants; and second, a vision of cooperation as a method by which to install, improve and strengthen relations among various countries and various communities.

In the last years, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has given high priority to interventions promoting the growth of the private sector and its competitiveness as a sustainable way to create productive and decent employment and attract foreign investment in the Southern Mediterranean.

With a contribution of EUR 600,000, the Government of Italy is the second donor of the project “Creative Mediterranean, Resilience through creativity”.

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United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. Its mandate is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition.

UNIDO’s vision is a world where economic development is inclusive and sustainable and economic progress is equitable.

The Organization focuses on three main thematic areas:

  • Poverty reduction through productive activities

  • Trade capacity-building

  • Energy and environment

The Organization is recognized as a specialized and efficient provider of key services meeting the interlinked challenges of reducing poverty through productive activities, integrating developing countries in global trade through trade capacity-building, fostering environmental sustainability in industry, and improving access to clean energy. In carrying out the core requirements of its mandate and mission, UNIDO has more than doubled its technical cooperation delivery over the past ten years. At the same time, it has also substantially increased its mobilization of financial resources, testifying to the growing international recognition of the Organization as an effective provider of inclusive and sustainable industrial development services.

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What Is The Role Of UNIDO In The Project?

UNIDO is the implementing agency of the project. The Organization is responsible for formulating the project and for suggesting/implementing all technical solutions brought forward. UNIDO will provide a project team that consists of program managers, national project coordinators, cluster development agents and project support staff based in each country as well as of international and national consultants. UNIDO is delivering both management and technical/training services; the Organization mobilizes other international and national experts according to the specific needs of the beneficiaries specified in the inception and implementation phases.

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