The forum was held in Athens from 23 to 27 November by the Institute of Circular Economy and Climate Change of the European Public Law Organisation.
Circle the Med, which took place in Zappeion Conference Hall, was held as a post-COP27 event, which Egypt hosted in the Red Sea city of Sharm El-Sheikh.
The main issues that concerned this year's forum was promoting sustainable development, eco-innovation and entrepreneurship, all meant to promote the recommendations of the 27th session of the UN Climate Change Conference as well as the evolution of the Mediterranean into a broad circular economy basin.
The keynote speaker at the forum was Omar Amer Youssef, the ambassador of Egypt in Greece.
George Kremlis, the president of the forum, emphasised that the Circle the Med is the forum of the circular economy of the Mediterranean, promoting climate, environmental, and energy diplomacy as well as cultural diplomacy.
“In these challenging times, COP27 was a much-needed ray of light, a message of hope for our planet and all of us who call it home. Only a few days ago, history was made,” Youssef said.
“For Egypt, Greece, and all the countries of the Mediterranean, protecting the seas and oceans is a matter of utmost priority. Climate change and its consequences are devastating fisheries and aquaculture which provide crucial sources of livelihood and growth for coastal communities, while destroying biodiversity and vital ecosystems,” he added.
“Closer at shore, climate change is damaging our tourism and agriculture, beating hearts of our economies. As has been constantly highlighted by Minister of Foreign Affairs and President of COP27 Sameh Shoukry, the impact of climate change extends across sectors, and so the responses need to extend across sectors, from low-emissions transportation and industry, to environmentally responsible trade,” Youssef noted.