ASSEMBLY OF THE
3-4 June 2021
Mr. Vicente Miguel Garcés Ramón, President of the Mediterranean Citizens’
Assembly Foundation (MCAF), stressed the need for urgent multilateralism in the
response to the COVID pandemic. He referred to the major conflicts continuing in the region, e.g. Western Sahara, the Middle East, and the many questions remaining in
Syria and Libya. He pointed at the pivotal role of civil society, as the rights of citizens
and their socio-economic conditions were declining with rampant abuses against women, minors, or minorities and the most vulnerable, and with climate change causing
drought and hunger. One clear message was that vaccines need to be a public good. The
MCAF called on the EU to play a more political role to protect fundamental rights and
show initiatives, act in line with EU principles, and pave the way forward for migration,
making use of new digital technologies, and taking the needs of all citizens into account.
He encouraged PAM to build bridges with cities and to establish a dialogue with civil
society and the citizens in the Mediterranean region.