The Young Mediterranean Voices programme, co-organised by the Anna Lindh Foundation and the British Council and co-funded by the European Union, launched a month-long, region-wide programme of debate competitions and National Debate Forums (NDF) across eight South-Mediterranean countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia.
In Lebanon, the 5-day event took place via Zoom. The debate tournament, that had 11 debates in Arabic and 2 in English, included over 80 participants from four different debate hubs geographically dispersed over 5 governorates. Debates tackled the UN’s adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to contribute to the 2030 Agenda.
The NDF also included capacity building workshops and training sessions delivered by the expertise who equipped the participants with needed skills to enhance their capacity in public policy making, policy debate and content/stories creation on social media.
Young Mediterranean voices is the flagship debate and Dialogue programme connecting civil society, education and policy-makers across the southern Mediterranean and Europe. The programme provides a pioneering platform to open doors for young influencers to shape policy and media narratives. It is grounded on the positive experience of Young Arab Voices launched in 2011 by the Anna Lindh Foundation and British Council and it benefits from the support of the European Union.
Anna Lindh Foundation – website