New Leadership Seminar, Malta 15-18 January 2019

Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 to Friday, 18 January, 2019

The Anna Lindh Foundation in partnership with MEDAC (Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies) and the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid launched the very first Young Mediterranean Voices (YMV) Leadership seminar in Malta taking place on January 2019. Gathering 23 young leaders from more than 17 countries in the Euro-Med region.

YMV Leadership seminar is the first event that combines a full set of skills training as well as advocacy opportunities to young leaders from south and north the Mediterranean. The seminar connected young participants to former experienced global leaders, EU policy-makers, media mentoring, and influential peer networks from politics, business and Civil Society. One core goal of Young Mediterranean Voices programme is to build youth capacity to positively shape policy and media narratives.

Throughout 4 days, the YMV seminar provided a unique leadership development experience to participants that equips them with a wide range of skills that include; Cultural Intelligence; Value-based leadership; Developing media stories; Communicating messages to the media; Influencing policy-makers and Digital driven cross culture communication. The outputs of the training were reflected directly on a practical advocacy experience on which the participants will take part of the 5+5 ministerial on the last day of the seminar, 18th of January.

The Malta seminar presented a significant step for Young Mediterranean Voices Programme towards investing in the artistic creativity of Mediterranean youth and enhancing their potentials to shape the public debate. The Young Mediterranean Voices Programme was launched in 2016 by HRVP Federica Mogherini with the initiative to open up space for Mediterranean voices to be heard, and to shape the way EU external policies are developed and delivered. The dialogue between the Young Leaders and 5+5 Ministers presents another milestone for Young Mediterranean Voices and a start point for a blended learning programme that will run through the course of 2019.

In Partnership with: 

Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC)

World Leadership Alliance 

Club de Madrid 

Euro-Med Media



They wrote: 
"All this positive energy is in sharp contrast to the negative images now surrounding Mediterranean migration and mobility"
Paul Gillespie
"For the first time in its near 30-year history, the foreign ministers’ ‎agenda included an exchange of views with youth representatives."
Shahira Amin
"The President of the Anna Lindh Foundation, Elisabeth Guigou, also underlined the need to moving youth-led debate and dialogue into action, stating to the Foreign Ministers: “You are setting an important precedent today: Young women and men from both shores of the Mediterranean - acting, leading, speaking truth to power, and bringing concrete actions to help shape a more peaceful and secure common future”.
Malta's Foreign Affairs Ministry, Press Release
TVM Newspaper