The Senior Officials of the Member States of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) held a virtual meeting to exchange on the upcoming activities of the organization, especially within the current context, and in the framework of the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona Process.
Barcelona, 22 June 2020. Due to the extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the work priorities of the Union for the Mediterranean have rapidly adapted to help the region tackle the current situation. To take stock of the ongoing actions, the Member States of the UfM met virtually at the level of Senior Officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, for the second time this summer, and endorsed an important initiative for the recovery phase, and in the framework of the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona Process.
Nasser Kamel, UfM Secretary General, said: “The UfM is determined to reinforce its role as a regional cooperation platform to help the region recover from the socioeconomic implications of the pandemic. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19, UfM virtual activities have brought together a wide range of experts and stakeholders to share ideas, build consensus and coordinate efforts in key areas such as research and innovation, water management, job creation, urban development and the promotion of gender equality and digitalization”.
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UfM Senior Officials
The Member States of the Union for the Mediterranean meet on a regular basis at the level of Senior Officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the 43 countries. The Senior Officials Meetings (SOM) oversee and coordinate the work of the UfM. They approve the budget and the work programme of the Secretariat. They also discuss the project proposals submitted by the Secretariat for approval and endorsement. UfM Senior Officials take decisions by consensus.