More than 160 representatives from around 130 civil society organizations, the majority of which coming from the South of the Mediterranean region, will gather, with European representatives, for the second MAJALAT Civil Society Forum (Brussels, December 2-3).
Supported by the European Union (DG NEAR B2), the MAJALAT initiative aims at creating spaces for a constructive dialogue between civil society organisations, trade unions, social movements and academics from both shores of the Mediterranean and the European Union, with a view to influence the vision and policies of the region. The five priority regional themes for MAJALAT are: Good Governance and the Rule of Law, Security and Countering Violence, Migration and Migrants’ Rights, Economic Development and Social Dialogue, Climate and Social Justice, with a specific focus on a cross-cutting human right approach, the youth’s participation in the process and the gender dimension.
As a reminder, initially known as the Southern Neighborhood Civil Society Forum, this process of conducting structural dialogues between the European Union (EU) and civil society in the southern Mediterranean started in Brussels in 2014. For four years, the EU organized this dialogue. But the 2018 edition marked a change in perspective as it was the first year that the Forum was organized by civil society itself through the MAJALAT initiative (2018-2020).