First Young Med Voices’ Regional Forum in Valletta to debate accelerating global efforts for Agenda 2030

The first Young Mediterranean Voices Euro-Med Debate and Policy Forum will take place in Valletta from the 2nd to the 5th July 2019.

Organised by the Anna Lindh Foundation in partnership with the British Council and Agenzija Zgħazagħ, the National Maltese Youth Agency, with the support of the European Commission, the Forum will bring together more than 50 young debaters from across the two shores of the Mediterranean for a unique programme of intercultural debates, virtual exchange and policy roundtables.

The Forum will take place at different locations and historic venues of Malta and will be opened by Minister of Education Evarist Bartolo. The closing ceremony will involve high-level representatives of institutions associated to the programme, including Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela, and Parliamentary Secretary for Youths, Sports and Voluntary Clifton Grima.

The Forum represents a central contribution of Mediterranean youth to lead and drive the 2030 Global Agenda for Sustainable Development. The motions of the debates will be connected to key SDGs, in particular linked to quality education, gender equality, reducing inequalities, climate action and peace, justice and strong institutions. More broadly, all motions will connect to Goal 17 on “Partnerships for the Goals” and on how to partner with youth as drivers and catalysers of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Forum will showcase a unique methodology of intercultural youth-led debates used to draw out key issues, evidence and proposals to act strategically to accelerate the implementation and increase the reach of the 2030 Agenda. Each debate will feature teams of young debaters from the south and north of the Mediterranean who will present evidence to validate their arguments for or against a policy motion linked to specific SDGs. Issues, arguments and policy recommendations will be captured and presented as a main output of the forum.

The Forum is taking place back-to-back with the IV MedThink 5+5 Forum in Malta (1st to 2nd July) that will gather senior officials, ambassadors and research analysts from think tanks and diplomatic institutions from the Member States of the 5+5 Dialogue to discuss a more comprehensive Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation, and to also discuss the outcomes of this week’s landmark Summit of the Two Shores.