Valletta Forum 2016

Valletta Forum 2016

“The Anna Lindh Foundation and the European institutions, with the special role of the forthcoming Maltese Presidency of the European Council, we, together, can ensure that this Forum shapes the policies of the European Union.”

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy speech for MED FORUM 2016 .


Third MedForum "The Mediterranean Forum of the Anna Lindh Foundation", October 23-26, 2016, Valletta, Malta

The MedForum process has been a catalyst for collaboration among a broadened network of actors, from youth sector leaders and civil society coordinators to regional institutions and policy-makers.

The initial outputs and documentation of this far-reaching process will be published here:


The preliminary outcomes presented by the ALF Executive Director, Hatem Atallah, based on the work of the intercultural team of MED FORUM rapporteurs:




A sample of news stories published on the back of the main MED FORUM gathering:

THE HUFFINGTON POST: Let's go for dialogue, not division

IRISH TIMES: World View: Healing divisions in the Mediterranean. Negative media images of Arab world and north Africa must be counteracted

LIBYA HERALD:  Root causes of extremism need to be addressed: Med Forum 2016

ANSA: Med youth in Malta to “overcome extremist narrative”

FRIENDS OF EUROPE - FRANKLY SPEAKING: Young, gifted Arabs hold the key to peace

PBS online on MED FORUM 2016: Civil society representatives end two days of discussions in Malta

EU External Action Services: Landmark MED FORUM 2016 in Malta, the largest youth and civil society gathering of its kind for the promotion of intercultural dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean region

MALTA INDEPENDENT: Malta could be a catalyst for a more unified Mediterranean

MED-MEDIA: Civil Society Actors Explore the Challenges of Reaching Target Audiences in the Southern Mediterranean Region


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to MED FORUM 2016 delivered by UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, 24 October 2016:

Speech of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Malta, Dr George Vella, at the Inauguration of MED FORUM 2016 on 23rd October:


Message of EU’s HR/VP Federica Mogherini to the Young Mediterranean Voices at MED FORUM 2016, 24 October 2016: VIDEO

PBS TV platform on MED FORUM 2016

The story of MED FORUM 2016: VIDEO">

Youth Counterspeech Lab in partnership with Facebook, 23rd October: VIDEO

Opening Plenary of 24th October on “Moving Beyond Extremism: Youth on the frontline: VIDEO">

Plenary of 25th October on "Populations on the Move: Leveraging New Opportunities for Dialogue": VIDEO">

MED FORUM 2016 photo gallery


An overview of the Tweet reach during MED FORUM 2016

Full Tweet Reach Report