The 42 UfM Member States declared the ‘International Day of the Mediterranean’ at last week’s UfM Regional Forum. The fifth edition of the Forum was a special one, as it happened 25 years after the launch of the Barcelona Process.
Coinciding with the anniversary of the Barcelona Declaration of 1995, which laid the foundations for the creation of the Union for the Mediterranean, the creation of the ‘International Day of the Mediterranean’ was announced last week and will be observed on 28 November every year.
The celebration’s aim is to help foster a common Mediterranean identity and raise awareness of the efforts undertaken across the region by stakeholders on a daily basis to enhance cooperation and integration in the Euro-Mediterranean area. The cultural dimension will also be an important component as it will provide an occasion to hold events, exhibitions and festivals across the region with a view to strengthening ties between the two shores, promoting intercultural exchange and dialogue, and embracing the diversity of the region.
The 5th Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Regional Forum was held virtually under the title ‘25years: Building a Stronger Mediterranean’.