Photo: CMI Marseille
On 22 and 23 May 2019 MedECC participated in the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Regional Dialogue on “Shared views on key issues in the Mediterranean” in Barcelona (Spain).

At this occasion, the UfM and its partners, the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) met with representatives of civil society to discuss current challenges and priorities in the Mediterranean region. The UfM and its partners invited civil society organisations, platforms and networks and non-state actors to jointly propose recommendations and scenarios to strengthen Euro-Mediterranean cooperation on key issues in the region. The agenda included the following themes:

  • economy
  • energy
  • environment and sustainable development
  • employment and education
  • women and girls empowerment (transversal theme)

Objectives

The main objective of this Dialogue was to gather the valuable insights of youth representatives, civil society and non-state actors on current issues in the Mediterranean. These exchanges can contribute to the analysis of achievements and related challenges and the role different stakeholders (youth organizations, CSOs, institutions and international/regional agencies, …) play in promoting youth participation and opportunities to develop new projects and initiatives.

The Summit of the Two Shores (“Sommet de 2 Rives”) Initiative of the French Republic to strengthen ties between the two shores of the Mediterranean, a “Summit of the two shores” will be organized on 24 June 2019 in Marseille, bringing the 5 + 5 countries together (Portugal Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya). This Summit will focus on environment, energy, youth, education, culture and economy.

On the eve of the Summit of the Two Shores, these conclusions of UfM Regional Dialogue will be presented as recommendations and project proposals addressed to the 100 stakeholders who will meet on 11 June in Tunis to prepare for the Summit. The regional dialogue will thus contribute to the Summit of the Two Shores’ debates byputting forward the views of youth and civil society in UfM countries on selected themes for the Summit of Heads of State.

Photos (here below): CMI Marseille