UfM Secretary General addresses Mediterranean security challenges in UN Security Council

April 29, 2024
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The Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), Nasser Kamel, took part in a discussion in the UN Security Council on April 17 on the role of young people in countering Mediterranean security challenges. He was invited to participate by Malta, which holds the rotating presidency of the chamber during the month of April.

The Mediterranean is home to various challenges, mirroring those experienced globally, including political instability, socio-economic inequality, and transnational threats. As traditional responses fall short, a holistic approach is essential, with youth engagement being central particularly in peace efforts. Young people also struggle with political exclusion, limited economic opportunities, and a shrinking civic space, all issues that are compounded by climate change. A comprehensive approach is urgently needed to address these multifaceted challenges and harness the potential of young people for sustainable solutions.

UfM SG Nasser Kamel delivered a keynote speech highlighting the impact of climate change in the Mediterranean, particularly its effect on vulnerable groups, including youth, women and girls, and the UfM’s role in that regard. Emphasising the pivotal role of young people, he discussed furthering their involvement in decision-making processes to shape future policies to transform the Mediterranean region into a beacon of hope.

“Youth cannot be called solely to participate in the initial stages of decision-making. They should also be involved in the follow-up and monitoring phases. Their enthusiasm and potential for shaping decisions is a resource we can no longer afford to disregard.” –Nasser Kamel, Secretary General of the UfM.

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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia