The International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation UIAA unites 80 organizations in 50 countries with about 1.3 million individual members. The UIAA was founded in Chamonix, France in 1932 and is now headquartered in Bern, Switzerland. It represents the interests of rock climbers, ice climbers, skyrunners, mountaineers and mountain enthusiasts. A shared love for the mountains connects the members of both the UIAA and the IFMGA. The two associations have been collaborating in a loose way for many years and support each other on specific topics.