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A "New CMI" Dedicated to SGD17 "Partnerships in the Mediterranean": The CMI joins the United Nations

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Sep 22, 2021 / 0 Comments


Dear Partners, Colleagues, and Friends of the CMI,


On behalf of the CMI Members and team, I am glad to announce the birth of the "New CMI". We have been busy completing this transition over the summer. Below is a recapitulation of the main novelties:


CMI Joins the United Nations


As of July 1st, 2021, and eleven years after its creation by the World Bank and the French government in Marseille, France, the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) has officially joined the United Nations (UN),  hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).


Renewed Mandate: Implementing SDG17 in the Mediterranean


Under the auspices of the UN, the CMI has been entrusted with a renewed mandate: Implementing Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17, Partnerships in the Mediterranean.


The UN SDG Goal 17, defined as “Partnerships for the goals'', " is based on recognizing that the SDGs can only be realized with strong global partnerships and regional cooperation. By operating under the UN constituency, the CMI will act as a regional initiative specialized in implementing SDG17 in the Mediterranean by revitalizing partnerships for sustainable development and regional integration.


UN-Habitat joins the CMI as Member


In July 2021, the CMI formally welcomed UN-Habitat as a new member. Long time partner of the CMI, the participation of UN-Habitat in strategic decisions, particularly in connection with the forced displacement agenda, will be conducive to achieving further synergies within the UN.


Currently, CMI Members are the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, the European External Action Service (observer), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, the City of Marseille, the European Investment Bank, UN-Habitat, and the World Bank.  


Governance Adapted, Morocco Elected President of the Center's Oversight Committee


As this new phase is being launched, the CMI’s governance has also been adapted. Following the World Bank, the chairmanship will rotate every three years among the Members of the Center, starting with the Kingdom of Morocco that was elected to the Presidency of the CMI's Oversight Committee for the period between 2021-2024.


This new governance model is a signal of the Members' strong involvement in the Center's activities.


The World Bank Group Remains an Active Member


The World Bank will remain an active member. At the strategic level, it will continue contributing to the Center’s main orientations. On the operational side, it will maintain its financial support and the solid technical partnerships built over the years.


Thematic Focus and Business Lines


With this new impetus, the CMI will pursue the overarching goal of enhancing Mediterranean integration. Socioeconomic transformation, resilience to conflict, and proactively fighting climate change, along with gender and youth as transversal dimensions, will remain the overarching objectives of the CMI to be achieved through regional partnerships. A new Strategy for CMI for 2021-2024 is being prepared.


In pursuing SDG17, the CMI will aim at enhancing Mediterranean integration by delivering analytical products, knowledge exchanges, capacity building, and incubation of investment regional projects.  


A New Scientific Council for Technical Excellence


A new Scientific Council composed of a group of 12 renowned Mediterranean academics and experts in various areas relevant to the CMI’s work was created in May 2021. The Scientific Council will provide quality control and scientific advice on specific thematic issues, and assist in liaising with academics, think tanks, and research centers.


Same Offices, Same Team


The CMI offices remain hosted by France in the city of Marseille. After ten years at Villa Valmer, the CMI offices have been located at La Tour Marseillaise since 2021.


The CMI team remains the same, only with a renewed enthusiasm!


I take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your trust and look forward to pursuing enhancing Mediterranean Integration together. Many actors are involved. Many lives will benefit from such integration. Now is the time to push forward.


Blanca Moreno-Dodson, 

Director of the Center for Mediterranean Integration




Blanca Moreno-Dodson

Dr. Blanca Moreno-Dodson is the Director of the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), a partnership between multilateral development institutions, national governments, local authorities, and civil society, hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).


She has over twenty-eight years of experience as a World Bank development economist, including several positions as Lead Economist, mainly for the Global Tax Team, the West Africa Region, the Investment Climate Department, and the Office of the Vice-President for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management. As a Senior Economist, she previously worked at the World Bank Institute, the West Africa Region, and the Corporate Strategy Group of the World Bank. Her regional experience includes the Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, and East Asia (China, India, and Indonesia).  She started her career as a Robert Shuman scholar at the European Parliament and as junior economist at the European Commission, before joining the World Bank Group.


Dr. Moreno-Dodson authored and co-authored five books throughout her career including “Enhancing Mediterranean Integration” (CMI, 2020), “Winning the Tax Wars, Tax Competition and Cooperation” (Wolters Kluwer, 2017), “Is Fiscal Policy the Answer? A Developing Country Perspective” (World Bank, 2013), “Public Finance for Poverty Reduction.  Case Studies for Africa and Latin America” (World Bank, 2006) and “Scaling Up Poverty Reduction” (World Bank, 2005).


She has also been published in several internationally renowned economic journals, such as the Bulletin of Economic Research, Hacienda Pública Española, the USA National Tax Association Journal, and Banca d'Italia Annual Volumes.

She is a member of the Alumni Strategic Council of the Aix-Marseille University, France, and of the Steering Committee of the Navarra Center for International Development, Spain, and a guest lecturer at Duke University, the USA, and Aix-Marseille University, France.


Moreno-Dodson holds a Ph.D. as well as a Masters (Diplôme D’Etudes Approfondies) in International Economics and Finance from the University of Aix-Marseille, France, in addition to a Masters (Licenciatura) in Economics from the University Autonomous of Madrid, Spain. Originally from Zaragoza, Spain, she is fluent in Spanish, French, English, and Portuguese.


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