The Anna Lindh Foundation and Friends of Europe invite you to a High-Level Dialogue ‘Listening and Learning - A Two Way Street’ on 23 May in Brussels.
This event will explore youth-driven analysis of shared challenges and opportunities faced by people in the Euro-Mediterranean region, and discuss action-oriented proposals to develop more positive policy narratives.
Across the European and MENA regions, there is a growing trust gap between young people and their governments, multilateral organisations and even international civil society. Reactionary political and media discourse on global terrorism in recent years, all-too-often characterising youth as “at risk” of violent extremism, has led to alienation of youth from multilateral discussions rather than empowering them as essential partners for dialogue and peace-building.
This has consequences for the business and social environment in both regions, and is a challenge that must be embraced, according to the first-ever United Nations report “The Missing Peace: Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security”.
Key questions on how to change the narrative include:
How to prioritise regional partnerships and collaborative action where youth are viewed as equal and essential partners for dialogue and peace?
Are there emerging alternative ways of meaningful inclusion, or new players and opportunities that are being overlooked?
How can converging values and interests among a millennial generation, south and north of the Mediterranean, provide new models of regional governance?
How do governance processes benefit from the innovation, leadership and transnational connectivity of young people in the Euro-Mediterranean region?
Will women be the game-changers?
Joining us on the day will be Elisabeth Guigou, Anna Lindh Foundation President; Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera Principal Presenter; Abdelbasset Ben Hassen, Arab Institute for Human Rights President (Tunisia); Soufiyan Saaoudi, Youth Empowerment Society Founder (Morocco); Esmat Elsayed, Core Team Co-Founder, Young Mediterranean Voices (Egypt); Mary Fitzgerald, Libya analyst and award-winning journalist (Ireland); Adele Luta, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Research Affiliate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA); Sami Hourani, Executive Director of Leaders of Tomorrow (Jordan); Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar, Co-Founder & Artistic Director, Polyphony Foundation (Israel); Negar Mortazavi, Iranian-American journalist and commentator; among others.
09:00 - 09:30 Welcome and registration
09:30 - 12:30 High-level dialogue with Young Mediterranean Voices and EYL40 Young Leaders
12:30 End of high-level dialogue