The International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation UIAA unites 80 organizations in 50 countries with about 1.3 million individual members. It represents the interests of mountain climbers, mountaineers and enthusiasts of the mountains. The love for the mountains connects the members of the two associations UIAA and IFMGA. The two associations have been collaborating in a loose way for years and support each other mutually in specific subjects.