Mediterranean conference boosts youth cooperation across the region
A group of millennial leaders from 24 countries across the Mediterranean area gathered in Barcelona, Spain, in mid-May to discuss youth involvement in public life.
The three-day event was co-hosted by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) foundation with the aim to empower youth organizations in their respective countries and to strengthen their cooperation in the region.
A joint declaration is indeed required for the creation of a Euro-Mediterranean youth network.
Entitled “Bridging Youth Across the Mediterranean,” the event brought together 35 millennials representing youth organizations in 24 countries to tackle youth policies, youth participation in public decision-making, the risks and opportunities of new forms of communication and the possibility of future cooperation.
Millennials’ role in their countries is crucial for any future transformations and development. However, despite the growing interest in participation that millennials have been showing, youth presence in social and public affairs is low and their potential continues to be largely ignored.
At the opening of the ceremony, the secretary-general of the UfM, Fathallah Sijilmassi, and the director of the KAS South Mediterranean Program for Political Dialogue, Dr. Canan Atilgan, highlighted their respective institutions’ commitment to give young representatives from the Euro-Mediterranean region incentives for a successful participation in the development of their countries and, ultimately, the whole region.
Even though we still do not know the effective results this conference will lead to, it has surely been a great opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of youth participation in social and public fields throughout the considered area.