UNITED NATIONS - THE NEXT SOCIETY and EDILE acknowledged as good practices in the MED

Source: ANIMA
Country: Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Euromed, Europe, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey
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The Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD), associated with the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), held its 17th meeting in Athens from 4 to 6 July 2017.

The MSCD offers a forum for discussion and advancement of sustainable development issues in the Mediterranean region. It includes, on an equal footing, government representatives of the 22 Contracting Parties (Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and the European Union), local authorities, socioeconomic actors and NGOs. ANIMA Investment Network joined the MSCD 2015.


THE NEXT SOCIETY and EDILE initiatives, both implemented by ANIMA and its partners, were presented during the meeting. They received the full support of the MCSD, which acknowledged them as good practices for sustainable development in the Mediterranean.


THE NEXT SOCIETY is an open community of change makers engaged in innovation and economic development. It brings together entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, NGOs, public and private innovation, research and economic development hubs from Europe and the Mediterranean countries. It gathers already a large network of over 300 business & innovation, research and investment organisations, 2,500 international SMEs and entrepreneurs from 30 countries.

THE NEXT SOCIETY activates change at each level: improve policy frameworks, foster start-up success, promote and internationalise clusters, support technology transfer offices. The movement aims to accompany change in the region by placing the private sector at the core of the dialogue as well as the innovation and competitiveness measures. THE NEXT SOCIETY echoes an inclusive philosophy based on corporate social responsibility and supports the emergence of talents and new leaders by targeting start-ups, clusters and technology transfer offices.



The EDILE initiative aims at maximising positive local impacts of investment projects, especially in terms of job creation, subcontracting and environment conservation. EDILE proposes a rating methodology on local impacts of investment projects. This methodology offers a simple and practical management tool for businesses seeking to enhance their efficiency: managing its local impacts allows to improve efficiency in terms of costs (choice of subcontractors and local partners, optimisation of resource consumption) and of quality management (purchase of local raw materials, employee motivation, better risk management). The EDILE rating methodology also provides a concrete evaluation tool for public or private organisations in charge of implementing or supporting investment projects, allowing in fine to apprehend the “inclusive development” called by all observers and policy makers. The EDILE project was labelled by the 43 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean in 2015.


To learn more, visit the websites of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)​, THE NEXT SOCIETY and EDILE and read the presentation given by ANIMA during the 17th meeting of the MCSD


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