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The Union for the Mediterranean launches the Mediterranean Day




The day of the Mediterranean will take place every 28 November (photo: UfM)
The day of the Mediterranean will take place every 28 November (photo: UfM)
MEDITERRANEAN. The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) officially announced, on Friday 9 July 2021, the creation of a Mediterranean Day. From now on, it will take place every 28 November with the aim of "fostering a common Mediterranean identity, while promoting intercultural exchanges and embracing the diversity of the region", as the UfM states.

This date coincides with the anniversary of the Barcelona Process. On 28 November 1995, the foreign ministers of the European Union and twelve countries from the southern and eastern Mediterranean attended the first Euro-Mediterranean conference. In the Catalan capital, they initialled an agreement to launch the Euro-Mediterranean partnership process. Thirteen years later, in 2008, the UfM was born and in 2010 its Secretariat based in Barcelona. Since 2012, the institution has been co-chaired by the European Union and Jordan.

The principle of the Mediterranean Day, and its date, were agreed upon during the 5th Regional Forum of the UfM, which was held virtually on 27 November 2020. The UfM ministers presented twenty-five initiatives on the theme "25 years: building a stronger Mediterranean", one of which concerned the creation of this day. The proposal was unanimously adopted by the 42 UfM Member States (the 27 EU Member States and 15 from the southern and eastern Mediterranean).

Strengthening the links between the two shores

The Mediterranean Day has not only an official website, but also a logo and a visual identity that will be used on objects such as bags and T-shirts. "Mediterranean Day is intended to be a timely reminder that what brings us together largely overcomes what divides us (...) it is therefore an opportunity to celebrate our successes, to rejoice in our diversity, to strengthen the links between our two shores and to deepen our knowledge of the 'other'", say its promoters. say its promoters. It will also provide an opportunity to focus on Mediterranean issues, "mobilise political will and commit resources to address common challenges in the region".

"We face great challenges as a region, but we also have great potential and Mediterranean Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all that we have done and can do together," comments Nasser Kamel, Secretary General of the UfM.

All organisations working in the field of cooperation and development, media representatives, public and private entities and citizens living and working in the Mediterranean region are called upon by the UfM to participate in this Day.

Eric Apim


Monday, July 12th 2021



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