GAM mayor partakes in Florence Mediterranean Mayors’ Forum

Yousef Shawarbeh
Mayor of the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) Yousef Shawarbeh. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Mayor of the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) Yousef Shawarbeh participated in the Florence Mediterranean Mayors’ Forum, according to Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Shawarbeh told the participants in the forum that Jordan has received wave after wave of refugees despite its limited resources and the great challenges and pressure on its infrastructure, adding that the Kingdom has always been a safe haven, and will never relinquish its humanitarian responsibilities.

Jordan is the second largest host of refugees he said, adding that GAM provides services to its citizens, visitors and refugees who found the Kingdom a proper place to live and work.

In his address to the “Migrations across Mediterranean shores” session, the mayor stressed the importance of boosting cooperation among cities of the region to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, noting the need to keep pace with the rapid growth, enhance the quality of life and mitigate the burden of refugees.

Shawarbeh said that Amman contributed to discussions of the Global Compact for Migration, the International Migration Review Forum and other migration-related meetings of the United Nations, and participated in the Mediterranean City-to-City Migration (MC2CM).

“We look forward to further partnering and supporting cities’ capacities, and urge the international community and donors to give attention to refugee-hosting countries to keep working on their humanitarian cause”, said the mayor.

Shawarbeh met Florence Mayor Diane Whalen who expressed interest in the Jordanian culture and support for Amman, with regard to migration and refugees, which, she said, was “not an easy task”.

The two sides also highlighted the challenge of climate change; Shawarbeh assured that Amman had put in place many strategies to deal with the issue.

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