NET-MED Youth - Intersectoral Coordination Workshop with Partner Youth Organizations

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 - 9:00am to Thursday, 23 July 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: 
Lebanon, Beirut
Type of Event: 
Meeting by Member States or Institutions
Contact: 
Souria Saad-Zoy, Team Leader; Ahmed Zaouche, Coordinator. NET-MED Youth Project - netmedyouth@unesco.org

30 representatives of youth organizations collaborating with UNESCO within the framework of the intersectoral Networks of Mediterranean Youth (NET-MED Youth) Project, initiated by UNESCO and funded by the European Union, will meet in Beirut, Lebanon, on 22 and 23 July 2015.

This strategic Coordination Workshop aims at evaluating progress made in Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia since the launch of this UNESCO flagship project.

It will also allow a participatory planning of joint interventions related to youth policies, youth-led media content production, and youth employability skills. Partner institutions among which the Anna Lindh Foundation, Leaders of Tomorrow, the British Council, Luminous Group, etc. will also join to share experiences and support further synergies at the regional level in terms of capacity building of youth, advocacy and digital communication.

The Workshop is organized 16 months after the launch of the NET-MED Youth Project. It is a unique opportunity to strengthen information sharing and synergies between partner youth organizations of the 7 benefitting countries, to initiate relevant corrective actions at country level, and to further harmonize research and advocacy methodologies and capacity building tools.

About 30 young representatives of the newly established national NET-MED Youth networks, acting as a Steering Committee for the Project, will make sure that youth perspectives and aspirations are duly taken into consideration during the next phases of the project.

This two-day workshop will focus on key components of the NET-MED Youth Project through a multidisciplinary approach:
- Enhancing knowledge on youth organizations for research-informed youth policies and other creative interventions
- Supporting pro-active youth networks and focused exchanges at the national/sub-regional levels in relation to key thematic areas (policies, media and employment)
- Fostering youth online civic engagement and participation
- Developing intersectoral capacity building tools and opportunities
- Encouraging North/South and South/South opportunities for dialogue and experience sharing
- Strengthening youth participation to youth policies design, revision or implementation

The NET-MED Youth project is UNESCO-European Union joint multidsciplinary response to support youth in Eastern and Western Mediterranean countries in overcoming shared common challenges related to social inclusion. These challenges include, among others, disinterest in civic engagement; insufficient representation in public and political spheres, as well as in mainstream media; high unemployment and a particularly weak participation of women in the labour market. Through this pioneering programme, UNESCO aims to improve the access and effective participation of young women and men in developing and implementing national strategies and policies affecting youth.