The 8th Meeting of the Circle of Mediterranean Parliamentarians for Sustainable Development (COMPSUD) took place in Cairo, Egypt on 15th December 2010. As it is the common practice with COMPSUD Meetings, the event included two parts: The Civil Society Dialogue between Parliamentarians, NGOs and media which was attended by approximately 70 participants from almost all Mediterranean countries as well as a closed session among Parliamentarians. The Civil Society Dialogue focused on key Mediterranean Processes and Initiatives for Environment and Sustainable Development.

The Civil Society Dialogue focused this year on the roles and synergies of civil society representatives to provide a coordinated and effective input in current processes of high importance for the sustainable development of the Mediterranean region such as: The GEF Strategic Partnership for the Mediterranean Large Marine Ecosystems (MedPartnership) and two of the flagship initiatives under the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM): the Horizon 2020 Initiative to De-pollute the Mediterranean and the Strategy for Water in the Mediterranean (SWM).

COMPSUD 8 was organised by the Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE) and the Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean (GWP-Med), which jointly facilitate the COMPSUD Secretariat. Local logistical support has been provided by the Cairo based Arab Network for Environment and Development (RAED) and the Arab Office for Youth and Environment (AOYE), member of both MIO-ECSDE and GWP-Med.