|EuroMeSCo participated in the debates on youth in the II Regional Forum of the Union for the Mediterranean|
The network of research centres EuroMeSCo and the IEMed have collaborated with the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) on organising the 2nd Regional Forum of the UfM, this time focused on youths and their role in stability and development in the Mediterranean.
Representatives from EuroMeSCo think tanks participated in the various sessions of the forum. These included a panel on The Future Starts Now: Youth at the Heart of the Mediterranean Agenda, jointly organised by the IEMed and the EuroMeSCo network, that featured EuroMeSCo panellists.
The debate explored the aspirations and problems of Mediterranean youths, as well as fostering their public participation and inclusion in the job market to avoid their marginalisation and, in the worst of cases, their radicalisation. How we strengthen cooperation and regional integration was also discussed.
Debate on youths
It is urgent to guarantee that youths can fully participate in social and work life on both shores of the Mediterranean, explained Senén Florensa, Executive President of the IEMed and President of the EuroMeSCo Steering Committee, in the opening of the debate. “Improving their present and guaranteeing a better future for everyone is at stake,” he said.
Also participating in the debate were Jorge Borrego, Deputy Secretary General of the UfM; Maria Badia, Secretary for Foreign Affairs and the European Union at the Government of Catalonia; Hatem Atallah, Executive Director of the Anna Lindh Foundation; Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck, El Erian Fellow (Carnegie Middle East Center); Natalie Tocci, Deputy Director at the Istituto Affari Internazionali; and Claire Spencer, Senior Research Fellow for the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House.
Read the report from the Panel
In the margins of the Union for the Mediterranean Regional Forum, Emmanuel Cohen-Hadria, Head of Euro-Mediterranean Policies at the IEMed and coordinator of the Academic Secretariat of EuroMeSCo, assessed the participation of the network in the Forum and explained how EuroMeSCo contributes to the Euro-Mediterranean institutional agenda and policy.
Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck, El Erian Fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center and member of the EuroMeSCo network, explains the diversity that can be found within the youth in the Mediterranean and how regional and institutional bodies could help them have more opportunities and engage more in civic and political life.