The EU-funded Young Mediterranean Voices (YMV) programme is launching a two month-long, region-wide series of debate tournaments and national dialogue forums from 26 October to 3 December across 8 South Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia). The Forums will highlight national and global priorities under the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They will be an opportunity for young people to exchange their views, to dialogue and to find innovative and sustainable solutions.
The Forums will further develop youth’s leadership and dialogue skills through capacity building sessions. Policy Dialogues will also be organized, where youth will present recommendations to policy makers and influencers in collaboration with European Delegations and national/local authorities.
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Debate Forums will be delivered virtually and face-to-face, depending on the host country, bringing over 600 young debaters and facilitators from across cities and villages.
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.
National Debate Forums calendar and themes
Young Mediterranean Voices – website and Facebook page
Anna Lindh Foundation – website