Union for the Mediterranean
Union pour la Méditerranée (French)
Al-'Ittihād min Ajil al-Mutawassit (Arabic)
The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is an inter-governmental organization with regional focus, working alongside community institutions, which has a permanent secretariat in Barcelona and a co-presidency shared between the north and the south of the Mediterranean. It was founded on 13 July 2008 based on the initiative of French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
UfM is a multilateral partnership with a view to increasing the potential for regional integration and cohesion among Euro-Mediterranean partners. The Union for the Mediterranean is inspired by the shared political will to revitalize efforts to transform the Mediterranean into an area of peace, democracy, cooperation and prosperity.