Union for the Mediterranean

The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM; French: Union pour la Méditerranée, Arabic: الإتحاد من أجل المتوسط Al-Ittiḥād min ajl al-Mutawassaṭ) is an intergovernmental organization of 42 member states from Europe and the Mediterranean Basin: the 27 EU member states and 15 Mediterranean partner countries from North Africa, Western Asia and Southern Europe. It was founded on 13 July 2008 at the Paris Summit for the Mediterranean, with an aim of reinforcing the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (Euromed) that was set up in 1995 as the Barcelona Process. Its general secretariat is located in Barcelona, Spain.

Union for the Mediterranean
Union for the Mediterranean member states
  Other members
  Suspended members
Formation13 July 2008
HeadquartersBarcelona, Spain
Region served
1 observer
Official language
Arabic, English, French
Secretary General
Nasser Kamel

The Union has the aim of promoting stability and integration throughout the Mediterranean region. It is a forum for discussing regional strategic issues, based on the principles of shared ownership, shared decision-making and shared responsibility between the two shores of the Mediterranean. Its main goal is to increase both north–south and South-South integration in the Mediterranean region, in order to support the countries' socioeconomic development and ensure stability in the region. The institution, through its course of actions, focuses on two main pillars: fostering human development and promoting sustainable development. To this end, it identifies and supports regional projects and initiatives of different sizes, to which it gives its label, following a consensual decision among the 42 countries.

These projects and initiatives focus on 6 sectors of activity, as mandated by the UfM Member States:

  • Business Development & Employment
  • Higher Education & Research
  • Social & Civil Affairs
  • Energy & Climate Action
  • Transport & Urban Development
  • Water, Environment & Blue Economy