10 December 2020, online. In the framework of the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona process, the Regional Program Political Dialogue South Mediterranean of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (PolDiMed), in partnership with the Union for the Mediterranean, will co-organise organize a 90-minute online meeting to discuss youth perceptions on the Barcelona Process.
The event aims as well at highlighting some ongoing initiatives that are implemented under the umbrella of the UfM. This virtual meeting will bring together young speakers from both shores of the Mediterranean.
It is often stated that the history of the Euro-Mediterranean region has been shaped by exchanges and interaction between nations and cultures across the Mediterranean Sea. The Euro-Mediterranean is one of the youngest regions in the world, which makes young people crucial to the future of this historical cooperation.
In 1995, initially 27 partners agreed to provide a framework for strengthened dialogue and comprehensive cooperation in the Mediterranean region which resulted in the Barcelona Process. Commonly known as the Union for the Mediterranean, this process has been an opportunity to pave the way for relations to be more operational and achievable throughout regional and sub-regional based on projects with relevance for those living in the region. The initiatives have been addressing areas such as economy, environment, energy, health, migration, education, youth and women empowerment.
When it comes to challenges facing youth in the region, the Barcelona Process underlined that “youth exchanges should be the means to prepare future generations for a closer cooperation between the Euro-Mediterranean partners. A Euro-Mediterranean youth exchange cooperation programme should therefore be established based on experience acquired in Europe and taking into consideration the partners’ needs”. At the same time, with an average of 30% youth unemployment, the Euro-Mediterranean region has among the highest rates of youth unemployment worldwide.
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