Youth organizations meet in Beirut to take stock of NET-MED empowerment project

Thirty representatives of youth organizations collaborating with UNESCO as part of the Networks of Mediterranean Youth (NET-MED Youth) Project, meet in Beirut, Lebanon on 22 and 23 July, 2015.

The workshop is aimed at evaluating progress made in Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia since the launch of this UNESCO flagship project which is funded by the European Union.

The NET-MED Youth project supports youth in Eastern and Western Mediterranean countries in overcoming challenges related to social inclusion including 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 people in developing and implementing national strategies and policies affecting youth.

The workshop, organized 16 months after the launch of the project, features planning of joint interventions related to youth policies, youth-led media content production, and youth employability skills. It offers a unique opportunity to share information between partner youth organizations of the 7 benefitting countries, initiate corrective actions at country level, and harmonize research and advocacy methodologies and capacity-building tools.

About 30 young representatives of the newly established national NET-MED Youth networks will act as a Steering Committee to make sure youth perspectives and aspirations are represented during the next phases of the project.

Partner institutions including the Anna Lindh Foundation, Leaders of Tomorrow, the British Council, Luminous Group, etc. will share experiences and support capacity-building, advocacy and digital communication at regional level.