CEMEDE (Euro Mediterranean Center for Sustainable Development)

Was created on the occasion of the Tenth Anniversary of the Barcelona Process

CEMEDE members felt it necessary to answer the call of the European Commission to strengthen neighboring ties between EU Member Sates and other Mediterranean countries covered by MEDA (Middle East Development Association)

CEMEDE aims to participate in

  • Euro Mediterranean exchanges and cooperation
  • Development assistance, in particular, infrastructure development assistance, to Mediterranean and Near Eastern countries
  • Promoting and representing micro, small and medium size businesses
  • Promoting sustainable development and urban planning
  • Human resources development
  • Environment protection and improvement
  • Institutional development, organization of conferences, seminars and training workshops, and research
  • Tenders from the UE and other Euro Mediterranean Sates
  • Strengthening relationships and dialogue between EU authorities and public authorities in Euro Mediterranean countries

Sports Events

CEMEDE believes in the power of sports as a catalyst for positive changes within a culture and society. Sports are a valuable tool for children, youths, and adults to interact in the spirit of fair competition and to create a sense of achievement and pride.
Athletic activities have the power to bridge differences and to produce a healthy environment and strong ethical codes. Since the sporting spirit is a naturally inclusive and positive one, handicapped children and adults can become reintegrated into the mainstream of society through different athletic activities.

Special Olympics Belgium

Through its support to the Special Olympics Belgium, CEMEDE is involved in the inclusion of handicapped individuals in sporting events.

CEMEDE sponsored the Horse riding competitions for the second year at the Special Olympics held in Hasselt – Belgium from 1 to 4 June 2011.


Sustainable Developement Projects

 “The development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” is the definition of sustainable development that was adopted by the Brundtland Commission report of the United Nations in 1987.

Implementing policies and projects that have a lasting environmentally sustainable impact in Mediterranean countries is at the core of the CEMEDE development plan: Working to improve the present while preserving the potential of the future.

Building Better 2006

With this concept in mind, CEMEDE created the “Building Better” project which was developed in collaboration with the Lebanese Minister of Economy in 2006.
With the support of Brussels Export, Carmen Chahine managed to associate CEMEDE to the Belgian Royal Economic Mission headed by HRH Prince Philippe of Belgium and represented CEMEDE at the first “Building Better” Euro conference held in Qatar in November 2007.
CEMEDE thus gained further exposure and created more international bridges of cooperation in its goal to plan and implement projects that are sustainable on an environmental, economic, and human level.

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Educational Developement Projects

Based on the concept that education is the foundation of Sustainable Development in communities, CEMEDE aims to work closely with various educational organizations in order to create accessible education customized to the needs of diverse groups, specifically those who are excluded or marginalized from the mainstream educational systems. Education is the foundation of a promising future, and everyone in society has a right to benefit from it.


In Lebanon, CEMEDE has supported CLES (Lebanese Center for Special Education) with the objective of helping children with learning difficulties. This includes training of elementary teachers and awareness conferences addressed to the general public on learning difficulties. Also extending support to the eight centers for the early detection and treatment of student’s learning disabilities; in Beirut, Badaro, Tripoli, Saida, Nabatieh, Zahleh, Zouk and a new center opening up in Baakline.

CEMEDE was also active in assisting CLES with the development, printing, and distribution of publications that raise awareness and help in the early detection of Learning Difficulties, thus offering scientific support and precious assistance to parents and teachers of children suffering from these difficulties, and providing those children with better chances at becoming successful members in their communities.

Cultural Projects

Cultural exchange programs give people of different nationalities the chance to appreciate what they have in common, and to understand the human motivations behind their differences.

CEMEDE will engage in cultural exchange programs between Europe and the Mediterranean Near Eastern countries with the purpose of fostering a richer mutual understanding. These programs will promote the exchange of ideas, information, values, and traditions, in order to create better communication.

CEMEDE will work on creating bridges with the public sector, civil society, and the private sector in order to implement cultural exchange programs integrating arts, drama, literature, science, and music.

CEMEDE will have a special focus on introducing music therapy as well as stage and film acting as communication and therapeutic tools. This is demonstrated in CEMEDE’S total support to a play that was exclusively written and produced for the CLES, Lebanese Center for Special Education with the aim of promoting early detection of learning difficulties in school children.

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