The 6th Regional Forum of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) will take place on 29 November 2021 in Barcelona, Spain, in the framework of the celebrations of the first Day of the Mediterranean.
The Forum will gather the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the 42 UfM Member States and will be chaired by the UfM Co-Presidency, assumed by the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, and by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Ayman Safadi.
On the occasion of the Regional Forum, the UfM Secretariat will also organize a side-event to yield the key takeaways of the first UfM Progress Report on Regional Integration, which will inform future activities by the UfM and its Member States on promoting economic regional integration over the coming years. The Report, commissioned by the UfM to the OECD, provides key findings and policy recommendations in trade, finance, infrastructure, movement of people, and research and higher education.
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The UfM side-event on Regional Integration will take place on November 29, at 9h30 in Barcelona. Register below to follow online.
The 5th UfM Regional Forum brought together the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the UfM Member States on 27 November 2020 to reaffirm their commitment to the principles of the Barcelona Process and reiterate their engagement in Euro-Mediterranean dialogue and cooperation. They also declared 28 November as the ‘International Day of the Mediterranean’, to be observed from now on each year.
The 4th UfM Regional Forum provided the occasion to present ground-breaking findings of the first-ever scientific report on climate and environmental change in the Mediterranean area. Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the UfM gathered in Barcelona to the regional priorities for the coming year and reaffirmed their strong commitment to Euro-Mediterranean cooperation and to the region’s inclusive and sustainable development.
The third Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Regional Forum was held in Barcelona under the title ‘10 years: Building together the future of regional. cooperation’. Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the organisation, UfM countries took stock of the progress achieved to date, and discussed the way forward to build inclusive human and sustainable development. They confirmed the strategic link between Europe and the Mediterranean as a firm basis for progress in achieving the goals and objectives of the UfM.
In January 2017, under the EU and Jordan UfM Co-presidency, the UfM Member States gave a strong political commitment to strengthen regional cooperation in the Mediterranean by endorsing a roadmap for action at the second Regional Forum of the UfM under the theme of Mediterranean in Action: Youth for Stability and Development.
The UfM Co-presidency, the EU and Jordan, and the 43 Member called for unity and collective work during their high level meeting held in Barcelona in November 2015. Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Nasser Judeh, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jordan, and José Manuel García-Margallo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, stressed the importance of the UfM as the regional framework for political dialogue and cooperation in the Mediterranean.