The first Young Mediterranean Voices Euro-Med Debate and Policy Forum, organised by the Ana Lindh Foundation together with Agenzija Zghazagh and with the support of the European Commission, is meeting in Valletta between 2 and 5 July.
The Forum gets together over 50 youths from Mediterranean countries for a unique programme of intercultural debates and discussions.
During the opening of the Forum, the Parliamentary Secretary for Youths, Sport and Voluntary Organisatins, Clifton Grima, stated that Malta places strong emphasis on involvement of and consultation with youths on opinions, thoughts, aspirations and promotion of democratic participation.
The Forum will tackle environmental themes including the use of plastic and the damage it is causing to the Mediterranean region,whilst trying to find solutions. It will also tackle themes like inclusion, education and mobility. The forum will show a unique methodology for intercultural debates led by youths to draw up major proposals for acting strategically to accelerate the implementation of Agenda 2030.
Every debate will include two teams of youths from the south and the north of the Mediterranean, who will present evidence to validate their arguments in favour of or against a policy motion linked to specific SDGs. Issues, arguments and recommendations of policy will be presented as the main result of this forum.