The Anna Lindh Foundation and partners have launched the first “Young Mediterranean Voices Month”, a region-wide programme of intercultural debates and national forums as part of “Young Mediterranean Voices” (YMV), the largest dialogue movement of its kind across North Africa and the Middle East.
Youth-led debates are taking place across cities in more than thirty Mediterranean and European countries. The month-long programme is built on a range of motions and topics created by young people across the region, among them: ‘peaceful coexistence and migration’, ‘the role of refugees in intercultural dialogue’, ‘youth inclusion in policy making’, ‘education reform’, ‘cultural heritage and development, and ‘digitally-driven peacebuilding’. The outputs of the debate will contribute directly to shaping policy priorities for the European Union and its Neighbourhood partners.
Young Mediterranean Voices builds on the successful precursor programme “Young Arab Voices” (YAV) launched in Alexandria in 2011 by the Anna Lindh Foundation and the British Council in response to the uprisings in the Arab region. YMV is funded through an Action Grant of the European Commission (DG NEAR), and co-financed by the Government of Finland and World Bank Group.
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