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More than 800 civil society representatives from all forty-three countries of the Union for the Mediterranean are confirmed for the international launch of the very first Anna Lindh Forum.

The Anna Lindh Forum for Intercultural Dialogue will commence this Thursday evening, at 17.00, at Barcelona’s International Convention Forum, with the collective participation of civil society representatives from the two shores of the Mediterranean, as well as leading international dialogue institutions and the Ambassadors of the 43 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM).

Set to coincide with the launching of the new Secretariat of the UfM, the Forum’s inauguration will feature Spanish Foreign Minister Moratinos; President of the Anna Lindh Foundation André Azoulay; the United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations Jorge Sampaio; the European Union’s Commissioner of Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy, Stefan Fülle; and the new Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, Ahmad Masa’deh.

Speaking ahead of the first Anna Lindh Forum, President Azoulay said: “The Forum represents a unique opportunity to re-ignite the cooperation between the civil societies of the Region and to put our collective work for dialogue between cultures at the centre of the construction of a Union for the Mediterranean,” adding that: “Through the quality of our debates and the critical mass of ideas and initiatives, we can play an essential role in supporting the people of the Region in reclaiming their common Mediterranean future.”

Taking place under the Spanish Presidency of the EU in the city of Barcelona, which hosted the birth of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership in 1995 and is now home to the new Secretariat of the UfM, the Anna Lindh Forum will run over four days, from the 4th to 7th March, and provide civil society and international institutions working in the Region the opportunity to share and develop areas of action for intercultural dialogue.

The Forum is an initiative of the Anna Lindh Foundation, the institution who is responsible for the social and human dimension of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, and the event is carried out in partnership with IEMED - the Anna Lindh Foundation’s Head of National Civil Society Network in Spain - and with the support of the European Commission, the Spanish Government, the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Barcelona City Council and the Diputació de Barcelona.

You can download the Media Kit of the Forum by clicking on the following link