Address: Palacio de Pedralbes Pere Duran Farell, 11
Postal Code: 08034
Website Address: http://ufmsecretariat.org/
The Union for the Mediterranean
The Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean was created by the 43 Euro-Mediterranean Heads of State and Government in Paris on 13 July 2008. The Foreign Affairs Ministers in their meeting in Marseille on 4 November 2008 decided that the headquarters of the Secretariat would be in Barcelona. The Union for the Mediterranean is a multilateral partnership aimed at increasing the potential for regional integration and cohesion among the Euro-Mediterranean partners. It is inspired by the shared political will to revitalize efforts to transform the Mediterranean into an area of peace, democracy, cooperation and prosperity. The creation of a joint secretariat is a key stone in this partnership. The Secretariat will help to reinforce co-ownership of new Mediterranean relations and achieve visibility through economic projects. The mandate and missions of the Secretariat were defined in the Paris and Marseille Declarations as well as in the Statutes adopted on 3 March 2010. It should be remembered that the mandate of the UfM Secretariat is of a technical nature, focusing on identifying, processing, promoting and coordinating projects which are in line with the principles and rules of international law and which enhance and strengthen cooperation and impact directly on the livelihoods of citizens. As stated in the Paris and Marseille Declarations, the central mission of the UfMS is to increase, promote and ensure the coordination of regional, sub-regional and transnational UfM projects in order to improve socio-economic development, regional integration, sustainable development and the exchange of knowledge among and within the countries of the UfM.