In the framework of the Celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona Process and the “Renewed Partnerships with the Southern Neighbourhood: a new agenda for the Mediterranean”, the Anna Lindh Foundation and its EuroMed civil society Network organized the Anna Lindh Foundation Virtual Marathon for Dialogue in the EuroMed region (VM).
The Virtual Marathon gathered activities of ALF civil society Network and partner organizations were set to take place during 42 days from the 19th of May to the 29th of June 2021.
“We need to consider diversity as a vital concept - We cannot survive without openness. We cannot live in our community in isolation.”
“Talking about gender equality in the Euromed context is very important. We have a lot to learn from each other when it comes to intercultural dialogue, SDGs, media, entrepreneurship and the digital revolution.”
“Gender stereotypes are mental constructions that we build at a younger age and these can change with information on a certain topic. It is by providing as many narratives and images as possible that we can shift the pyramid contributing to fight these stereotypes”.
“Specific partnerships are the added value to solve problems, as they bring together different views and expertise.”
“We need youth on board to build the world we will be living in.”
“Intercultural dialogue must be the spearhead of the new Agenda for the Mediterranean.”
“The green transition has become one of the most treated points between the EuroMed regions - It’s critical to take actions on environmental sustainability.”
“The Euromed regions for centuries have shared the same values and history. We all want to see the reduction of disparity - The youth are the ones that are going to change these regions.”
“Populism and radicalization are rising. We need to empower young people to think critically. Digital is good, but not enough, it is necessary to get back to the field.”
25 years after the launch of the Barcelona Process and the “Renewed Partnerships with the Southern Neighbourhood: a New Agenda for the Mediterranean”, the Anna Lindh Foundation and its EuroMed civil society Network organized the Anna Lindh Foundation Virtual Marathon for Dialogue in the EuroMed region (VM).
Based on the large civil society and institutional partners mobilization, the public consultation debates held and the ALF research on Intercultural Trends research
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In an ever-changing world, with the realities of young people taking place offline as much as they are materializing online, there is a need to explore and support the new ways with which communication takes place in the new millennium the forces behind positive social change among youth in the EuroMed region and to allow fortheir meaningful voice in the public sphere to be heard.
With the fast pace of developments in online information-sharing and influencing mechanisms, there is a need to dig into the degree of media awareness among youth, and innovative solutions applied in order to overcome hurdles and difficulties, and have a true and meaningful voice in the public sphere.
Therefore, investing in youth as drivers of change requires the need to:
Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the sudden digital shift has made more visible challenges and threats related to diversity and mutual perceptions through increase in discrimination, hate speech, racial profiling and fake news on social media.
At the same time, digital technologies have lifted barriers and expanded accessibility, inclusivity, and equitable participation in knowledge-sharing online platforms as well as EuroMed exchange among civil society organizations in the EuroMed.
Hence, measures are required to:
The Mediterranean is one of the regions most affected by climate change and environmental degradation (MedECC, 2019).
The new Agenda for the Mediterranean recalls the importance of the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement the opportunity presented by the European Green Deal.. Intercultural dialogue and culturally diverse approaches can support the cooperation process to mitigate risks to human lives and livelihoods, promote sustainable development, job creation and address migration issues all around the Mediterranean.
Consequently, a large-scale collective action needs to:
Investing in arts as a tool to break down cultural barriers is at the heart of the Anna Lindh Foundation’s mandate. This is corroborated by the Anna Lindh Intercultural Trends Survey 2020 that draws our attention towards the importance of civil society initiatives encouraging artistic expression and multi-cultural events considered as being effective in promoting diversity management.
Access to culture and arts can e enhanced by education institutions as places where youth learn to live in diversity, civil society and local authorities.
Thus, managing diversity within cities should entail specific actions to:
The new Agenda for the Mediterranean adopted in February calls to join forces in fighting climate change and speeding up the green and digital transitions, to renew the commitment to shared values, to jointly address forced displacement and migration, and to strengthen the unity of the EU, its Member States and the Southern Mediterranean countries in promoting peace and security in the Mediterranean region. The Anna Lindh Foundation will contribute to the Agenda with the promotion of intercultural dialogue and moving froward towards more inclusive and sustainable societies in the EuroMed region.
To scale-up the impact of the intercultural action particular attention should go to:
The promotion of multiple and renewed images of women as agents for the promotion of intercultural dialogue in the EuroMed region and to counter prevailing stereotypes which hamper women full participation and potential in their societies is at the heart of the ALF action.
While there has been some significant but uneven progress achieved in advancing women's and girls' rights, no country in the world is on track to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030 (EU Gender Action Plan III, 2021-2025). Evidence from the latest ALF Intercultural trends Survey shows that a large majority of respondents in SEM and European countries think that their society can benefit from greater gender equality as a result of EuroMed cooperation.
Hence, as a prerequisite for a balanced dialogue across the region a greater focus should be given to:
The EU New Agenda for the Mediterranean reiterates that sustainable prosperity and resilience can only be built through strong partnerships based on common values and dialogue across the Mediterranean. The Agenda stresses the need for cooperation also at the sub-regional and the inter-regional level, and joint initiatives between partner countries. Hence, a multi-level and multi-stakeholder collaboration on global issues and dialogue engagement are crucial for the development of policy and actions for sustainable development in the EuroMed region taking into consideration the diversity of interests and needs existing.
To succeed in achieving common goals:
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