Union for the Mediterranean: Annual Report 2020

Friday, September 10, 2021

Reinforcing cooperation and dialogue across the Mediterranean

2020 marked a milestone celebration for Euro-Mediterranean cooperation and dialogue with the 25th anniversary of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, otherwise known as the Barcelona Process, launched on 28 November 1995. This dialogue framework was born out of a commitment to strengthen relations between Europe and the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries and later led to the creation of the UfM.

But as we are taking stock of what has been achieved in the last 25 years as well as reflecting on the future of Euro-Mediterranean dialogue, the world as we know it is rapidly changing in the face of unprecedented challenges and pushes us to rethink the systems that we depend on.

From Fragility to Resilience: A Strengthened UfM in the face of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The onset of the pandemic left no one’s way of life unaffected and even a year on, normal business is yet to resume for many. Due to its unique role as a platform for dialogue in the region, accustomed to bringing people and opinions together as a place for ideas to be shared and actions to be decided on, the UfM was no exception. However, the organisation was not deterred and continued to shoulder its responsibilities supporting the recovery of the post-pandemic world unflinchingly.

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