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Published on EU External Action website on 25 October 2016:
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
Civil society organisations from 50 countries alongside leading international organisations convened in Valletta, Malta, from 23 to 25 October for the third MED FORUM of the Anna Lindh Foundation on the eve of the Maltese presidency of the European Council which has set the Mediterranean as a main priority.
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, opened the MED FORUM 2016 debate with the message that investing in a generation is the only viable roadmap to "moving beyond extremism". The 42-country Forum, taking place from 23rd to 25th October in Valletta, represents the largest youth and civil society gathering of its kind for intercultural dialogue in the Mediterranean.
Message of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to MED FORUM 2016, delivered by UNESCO's Director-General on UN DAY at the Opening Plenary in Valletta
24 October 2016
On the eve of the landmark MED FORUM of the Anna Lindh Foundation in Valletta, Malta, EU and UN top officials have reaffirmed their commitment to the FORUM's action agenda and strategic focus on youth-led initiatives in the face of unprecedented regional challenges.