The SIMPEER project is implemented by Plan Bleu under the guidance of the UNEP/MAP-Barcelona Convention Secretariat and the MCSD Steering Committee.
In the framework of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development 2016-2025 (MSSD 2016-2025), the SIMPEER was decided by the Contracting Parties of the Barcelona Convention during their 19th Ordinary Meeting (Athens, Greece, February 2016) as a framework for mutual learning and improvement from past experiences and other national approaches on sustainable development.
The SIMPEER seeks to establish within an agreed methodology the exchange of experiences, policies and good practices on implementing sustainable development at national level, as opposed to creating a scrutiny framework between reviewers and countries under review. This peer review mechanism also contributes to the ownership, implementation and monitoring of the MSSD 2016-2025.
It is performed in three main phases:
The three phases presented above are complemented by a dissemination phase of outputs, both at national and regional levels, to allow all Contracting Parties and national stakeholders, as well as other partners, to benefit from the results and lessons learnt.
In the 2016-2017 biennium, the SIMPEER involved three Contracting Parties which expressed and confirmed their interest to participate to the pilot test: France, Montenegro, and Morocco.
The three volunteer countries for the second SIMPEER 2018-2019 exercise are Albania, Egypt and Tunisia.
The 2018-2019 SIMPEER peer review meeting was held on November 19 and 20, 2019 in Marseille, gathering the countries participating in this exercise, Albania and Tunisia, and the countries participating in the previous exercise, France and Morocco (Egypt and Montenegro could not take part in this meeting).
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