Mr Plàcido Plaza, Secretary-General Ad. Interim of the CIHEAM, received Mr Saïd Bhira, Special Counsellor to the Secretary-General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) on Higher Education and Research at the CIHEAM Headquarters in Paris. This meeting was an opportunity to discuss cooperation activities on Higher Education and Research, and to identify avenues of collaborations related to climate change, empowerment of women and migration issues. Enchancing exchange of expertise, information and publications on these issues is also a target that has been set during the meeting.
On the 10 of July 2017 in Barcelona, the Secretary-General of the UfM, Fathallah Sijilmassi, and the late Secretary General of the CIHEAM, Cosimo Lacirignola had discussed new strategic directions aimed at strengthening cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The two organisations will continue to work together to bring forward solutions on issues related to food and nutrition, climate change and empowerment of women.