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ALF presents the “investment in youth” policy to the PA-UfM

Sun, 08/11/2015 - 13:13 -- Press Office

07/11/15 - The Anna Lindh Foundation participated in the meeting of the PA-UfM’s Committee on Improving Quality Of Life, Exchanges Between Civil Societies and Culture, held in Rome on 5 and 6 November. The Executive Director of the Anna Lindh Foundation, Ambassador Hatem Atallah, presented the Foundation's renewed policy on "investment in youth" which was backed by the 42 Member States of the Union for the Mediterranean at last month's Board of Governors meeting in Luxembourg. The policy on youth is centred on scaling-up opportunities for youth dialogue skills development, social enterprise and intercultural exchange opportunities, including the expansion of the flag-ship debate programme "Young Arab Voices" which is co-managed with the British Council.

Speaking on the opening panel in Rome, Ambassador Atallah stated: "The Anna Lindh Foundation has taken the position that young women and men are central players in building an alternative narrative in the face of extremism and negative trends impacting on societies to the north and south of the Mediterranean," adding that "We are investing in significantly scaling-up skills and opportunities for youth as ambassadors for intercultural dialogue and the next generation of the region's leaders."