As decided by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention during their 19th Ordinary Meeting (COP19, Athens, Greece, February 2016), the Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (the SIMPEER) is a framework for mutual learning and improvement from past experiences and other national approaches related to sustainable development. SIMPEER was mandated by Decision IG. 21/12 (COP18, Istanbul, Turkey, December 2013) and Decision 22/17 (COP19, Athens, Greece, February 2016). Based on a voluntary basis principle, the proposed peer review aims at engaging a dialogue between two or more Mediterranean countries for a mutual improvement and learning process on their National Strategies for Sustainable Development (NSSDs).
Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, water expert and Regional Water Resources Programme Manager, has participated in the Simplified Peer Review Mechanism (SIMPEER) of National Strategy for Sustainable Development 1st Technical Meeting, 18th October 2016, Barcelona (Spain)
It seeked 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 examination. that peer review mechanism would also contribute to the implementation and monitoring of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development 2016-2025 (MSSD 2016-2025). Indeed, the SIMPEER represented an important tool to enable NSSDs review in line with the regional Strategy and as a contribution to the global Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals specifications.