UfM (Union for the Mediterranean)
The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is an intergovernmental organisation bringing together the 28 European Union Member States and 15 countries from the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean. It provides a unique forum to enhance regional cooperation and dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean, based in Barcelona and the first permanent structure dedicated to the intergovernmental Mediterranean partnership, is the operational institution that empowers this regional dialogue between the UfM Member States and stakeholders, fostering synergies among them and promoting cooperation projects and initiatives with a direct impact on the lives of people. the UfM is based in Barcelona.
Contact: Fathallah Sijilmassi, Secretary General
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ARLEM (Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly)
The Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) is an assembly of local and regional elected representatives from the European Union and its Mediterranean partners. It was set up in 2010 by the European Committee of the Regions – the European Union’s political assembly of regional and local representatives – and represents the territorial dimension within the Union for the Mediterranean, allowing elected representatives from the three shores of the Mediterranean Sea to represent their local and regional authorities politically, maintain political dialogue and promote interregional cooperation.
The Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly aims to give a territorial dimension to the Union for the Mediterranean; promote local democracy, multi-level governance and decentralised cooperation around the three shores of the Mediterranean; encourage North-South and South-South dialogue between local and regional authorities; promote the exchange of best practice, knowledge and technical experience in the areas for which local and regional authorities are responsible; promote regional integration and cohesion.
Contact: Markku Markkula & Hani A. Al Hayek, Co-Presidents
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Mediterranean Commission of UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) is a world organisation that brings together and gives a voice to local and regional authorities and their networks, defending their interests on the world stage. In 2006, the interregional Mediterranean Commission was created within UCLG, backed by the City of Marseille and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region. At the junction of the Europe, Africa and Middle East/West Asia Sections, the Mediterranean Commission gathers local and regional authorities from 24 Mediterranean countries, as well as their networks and associations, whether thematic or non-specialised.
The missions of UCLG are promoting local and regional self-government and the institutional reinforcement of local governments in the region; bringing together local officials and policy makers to strengthen the feeling of sharing a common Mediterranean destiny; developing and enhancing the role of local institutions in the formulation, management and leadership of development and solidarity policies the closest to the citizens; providing information on available initiatives and mechanisms for local and regional development.
Contact: Clémentine LARATTE or Laurence GRIETTE
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The Latin Arc network is the result of territorial cooperation experiences carried out during the nineties, which led to its official foundation as an association in 2002. Located in the North-Western Mediterranean, Latin Arc is a macro-region that is characterized by a series of common cultural, historical, socio-economic, geographic, climatic and environmental features that make up its identity in the European context. Latin Arc, a platform for technical and political cooperation, is comprised of local and intermediate governments from the Mediterranean region. Currently, its members are Spanish Provincial and Island Councils, French Departmental Councils and Italian Provinces and Metropolises, which account for 10% of the overall EU population and territory. The association provides a space where local governments can devise integrated actions in different strategic domains with the goal of enhancing economic and social cohesion in their territories.
Contact: Alessandro PASTACCI, President
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MedCities is a network that gathers cities from all shores of the Mediterranean basin. It was created in Barcelona, in November 2011 as a vehicle for empowering municipalities in respect of urban development issues. Medcities promotes the elaboration of city development strategies and the implementation of urban projects, and advocates for the reinforcement of the role of local authorities in the Mediterranean region. During the last 25 years, MedCities has promoted urban sustainable development as a way to improve living conditions in the Mediterranean Region.
The objectives of the network are to reinforce the role, competences and resources (institutional, financial and technical) of Mediterranean local governments in the adoption and implementation of sustainable local development policies ; to launch and develop direct cooperation projects and partnerships between its members and with other cities and organisations ; to develop awareness and common responsibility with regards to policies of sustainable development, environment conservation and social cohesion of Mediterranean cities ; and to develop citizens’ awareness and involvement in the sustainable development of their towns and cities.
Contact: Mohamed IDAOMAR, President
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Institut de la Méditerranée
The general objective of the Institut de la Méditerranée is to offer the partners of its Board of Directors (Conseil Régional PACA, Conseil Général Bouches-du-Rhône, Mairie de Marseille, CCIMP, Euromed Management) expertise and project management in the great Euro-Mediterranean region. Through its work and initiatives, the Institute thus contributes to establishing itself as an indispensable partner of the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation mechanism. The various activities of the Institute are organized around two main complementary functions: the lobbying function and the function of identification and follow-up of the projects for the founding members.
Contact: Jean-Claude TOURRET
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Three Cultures Foundation
The Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foundation (Fundación Tres Culturas del Mediterráneo) was established in 1998 as an initiative of Andalusia’s regional government and the Kingdom of Morocco. Since then, principles such as peace, dialogue and tolerance have been fundamental pillars of this institution aimed at bringing together Mediterranean and Middle Eastern peoples and cultures. At a time of confrontation and exacerbation of differences leading to conflicts, exclusion and alienation, the Three Cultures Foundation is committed to fostering the coexistence of cultures and religions through mutual knowledge and the exchange of ideas and experiences with a view to bringing together the peoples from both sides of the Mediterranean rim.
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The European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), founded in 1989, is a consortium comprising the Catalan Government, the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Barcelona City Council. It incorporates civil society through its Board of Trustees and its Advisory Council formed by Mediterranean universities, companies, organisations and personalities of renowned prestige.
In accordance with the principles of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership’s Barcelona Process, and today with the objectives of the Union for the Mediterranean the aim of the IEMed is to foster actions and projects which contribute to mutual understanding, exchange and cooperation between the different Mediterranean countries, societies and cultures as well as to promote the progressive construction of a space of peace and stability, shared prosperity and dialogue between cultures and civilisations in the Mediterranean.
Adopting a clear role as a think tank specialised in Mediterranean relations based on a multidisciplinary and networking approach, the IEMed encourages analysis, understanding and cooperation through the organisation of seminars, research projects, debates, conferences and publications, in addition to a broad cultural programme.
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Based in Genova, since its creation in 1992, the Centre has been carrying out information and reflection activities on the themes of European unification at the local, national and international levels. A non-profit organization, the centre works on research, studies, documentation and initiatives in the field of European culture. In Europe, it has a tradition of relations with the EU institutions and similar structures in Italy and in the rest of the European Union. It also collaborates with the University of Genova and with local organizations and associations at different levels.
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CeSPI is an independent and non-profit Think Tank performing research and policy oriented analysis studies, providing advice, evaluations and training on many subjects relevant to international relations. Recognised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, it is member of a wide variety of international Networks.
Founded to promote an innovative and open view on international processes, CeSPI has always cultivated an end-to-end/comprehensive perspective on world affairs, combining an analytical approach to the dynamics within Europe with a constant focus on emerging realities, globalization processes, supranational and multilateral cooperation, sustainable policies and asserting human rights.
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UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas: sustainable development, democratic governance and peacebuilding, climate and disaster resilience.