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About MED FORUM 2016

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The Mediterranean Forum of the Anna Lindh Foundation represents the largest civil society gathering and most influential process of is kind for intercultural dialogue across the Mediterranean region. The Forum connects a unique regional network of practitioners, policy-makers, media and international donors, united to create together real and lasting change in the face of the region’s most pressing problems.

Against a backdrop of unprecedented regional challenges affecting societies to the north and south of the Mediterranean, the 2016 Forum agenda aims to accelerate and scale-up the impact and reach of intercultural action to counter forces fuelling polarisation and extremism.

MED FORUM 2016 has been timed to take place in Valletta from 23rd to 25th October on the eve of Malta’s first EU Presidency (first semester 2017) which has “renewing relations between Europe and the Southern Mediterranean region” as a priority issue.

Alongside 800 civil society leaders selected through an international call for participation across the 42 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean, the Forum is to be attended by international media, policy-makers, parliamentarians, key-note speakers such as the Nobel Peace Prize Quartet for Dialogue and high-officials of the Foundation ́s main institutional partners, among them the United Nations, EU institutions, and Arab League.

MED FORUM 2016 is co-organised by the Anna Lindh Foundation and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Malta, with the support of the EU and in collaboration with a far-reaching coalition of institutional partners and civil society networks.

Programme

The programme agenda was developed through a far-reaching participatory process, and represents the anchor moment in a 18-month campaign aimed at catalysing collaboration among the region’s main institutions and civil society networks.

High-lights of the programme from 23rd to 25th October 2016 include:

- High-level plenary debates on the role of intercultural dialogue in the face of today’s global issues, from challenging extremist narratives to responses to the impact of the refugee crisis. The opening plenary, taking place on United Nations Day (24th October), focuses on operationalizing the first ever UN resolution on Youth, Peace and Security.

- Evidence-led strategic sessions built on the back of pioneering research and innovative practice. MED Forum 2016 will be the platform to present the first results of the “Intercultural Trends Report”, a groundbreaking exercise based on the only public opinion polling of its kind on values and social change in the Euro-Med region.

- Launch of “Young Mediterranean Voices”, the 42-country backed expansion phase of the globally acclaimed Young Arab Voices (YAV) launched in 2011 by the Anna Lindh Foundation and The British Council. The new phase, supported by the EU, will bring for the first time the pan-Arab youth advocacy programme to the Euro-Med stage.

- Partner and delegate-led sessions providing a platform for the international participants and institutional partners to present and exchange proposals for scaling-up existing innovative practice in intercultural action. The sessions will be built on the assessment of the 500+ good practices generated through the Forum calls for participation.

- “Counter-narrative” training involving Youth Sector representatives from the Mediterranean region and delivered through a pioneering partnership with Facebook HQ. The training, which represents a pre-Forum event on 23rd October, focuses on the development of counter-narrative campaigns to challenge extremist discourses.

“AGORA” STRATEGIC Debates - Day 1

The strategic debates sessions of Forum Day 1 will focus on priority areas of strategic actions aiming at defining the next decade of intercultural dialogue. The sessions are built on the Forum strategic pillars.

SHIFTING FOCUS TO INTERCULTURAL CITIES - TEMI ZAMMIT HALL
RETHINKING INTERCULTURAL LEARNING - MICHEL ANGEL HALL
TOWARDS EUROMED EXCHANGE 3.0
UNLOCKING CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE ENTERPRISE

“AGORA” STRATEGIC Debates – Day 2

The strategic debates sessions of Day 2 will focus on central intercultural dialogue actors: youth, women, media practitioners and artistic creators. Each session will define actions to support the role of these actors in the making of the intercultural agenda and through major actions already promoted by the Foundation.

YOUTH: MOVING PUBLIC VOICES INTO DIALOGUE ACTIONS
MEDIA: COMMUNICATING FOR CROSS-CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING
WOMEN: BREAKING STEREOTYPES, DRIVING CHANGE
ARTISTS: PROMOTING DIALOGUE THROUGH CULTURAL PARTERNSHIPS
MEDINA - DIALOGUE INTERACTIVE SESSIONS

The “Networking Sessions” of the MED FORUM 2016 will follow the “Strategic Debates” on the morning of Forum Day 1. The main aim of these sessions is to provide a platform for Forum partners and delegates to scale-up good practice and projects in the framework of the Anna Lindh Foundation’s intercultural dialogue strategy and focus on transforming the generated “thinking” into concrete practice.

The “Networking Sessions” are characterised by their working methodologies focused on smaller group work to allow enhanced (a) interaction and facilitated networking among delegates; (b) ownership among the main participants and partners of MED FORUM 2016.

The “Networking Sessions” are divided into 7 spaces: “Cities”, “Learning”, “Exchange” and “Enterprise”, which build on the themes of the morning strategic debates; and “Impact”, “Reach” and “Sustainability” which represent central pillars of the Anna Lindh Foundation’s newly adopted strategy.

CONTACT

MED FORUM 2016 is underpinned by a cross-Unit task-force at the international secretariat of the Anna Lindh Foundation and an inter-institutional steering group coordinated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malta.

For the programme agenda:

Eleonora Insalaco, Programmes Manager and Coordinator of MED FORUM task-force at the Anna Lindh Foundation Secretariat.

For press and media enquiries:

Regina Salanova, Communications Manager, or Rana Sadek, Press Officer, at the Anna Lindh Foundation Secretariat.

For travel and accommodation:

There are various types of accommodation in Valletta and Malta, from high-end to boutique hotels and Bed and Breakfast.

MCI, the official event organizer for MED FORUM 2016, can be contacted regarding options for travel and accommodation at: alfmedforum@mci-group.com 

Please reference MED FORUM 2016 in your request for information.