EU-funded online public debate to examine civil society’s challenges in the Mediterranean
February 17, 2021
To mark the launch of its new digital publication, the EU-funded Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality is organizing a dedicated online public debate on 18 February at 5 pm (CET). This special session, to be broadcasted live on Facebook, will be held under the topic “Bridging the sea: What are regional civil society’s challenges in the Mediterranean?”. It will gather prominent Mediterranean figures to exchange about the state of civil society network working beyond borders or having a transnational status in the region.
In this context, this online public debate will aim at assessing the potentials and the obstacles civil society working beyond borders is facing nowadays in the Mediterranean; as well as at formulating the recommended policies and measures to strengthen its role. It will therefore be an opportunity for civil society practitioners and journalists to frankly exchange with the speakers about Mediterranean challenges and other relevant questions.
The digital publication, entitled “Bridging the sea: a review of Mediterranean civil society” is based on the findings of an extensive mapping survey research, conducted between December 2019 and May 2020, which identified over 150 Mediterranean civil society networks and entities. It will be available for downloading in margin of this online debate.
Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality is an EU-funded Technical Assistance Programme with the overall objective to strengthen the role of CSOs active at the regional scale, in building sustainable development, regional cohesion and resilience, as well as in influencing policy-making in the Southern Neighbourhood and the Euro-Mediterranean Space. ‘Mobilising local communities on regional issues of common concerns to influence the agenda of public decision-makers and regional institutions, and involve CSOs in emerging regional agendas and thematic dialogues’ is its core attribute.