Young Med Voices Regional 'Virtual' Forum: Harnessing youth-led efforts for a Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in the framework of the 2030 Agenda

Friday, 18 September, 2020


Held for the second year, the young Mediterranean Voices “Virtual” Euro-Med Debate and Policy Forum will take place from 30 September to 5 October 2020. The event is organised by the Anna Lindh Foundation in partnership with the Center for Mediterranean Integration and the British Council, with the support of the European Union.

The Forum is an inter-regional dialogue-based event that will bring together young leaders from across the two shores of the Mediterranean, trained in policy debate and active civil society players, for a unique programme of online intercultural debates, policy roundtables, networking sessions and virtual exchange. Policy recommendations will be captured and presented as the main output to decision-makers in a culminating High Level policy dialogue session on Monday 5 October 2020.

The occasion represents a central contribution from young people of the Euro-Mediterranean region to lead and drive the 2030 Global Agenda for Sustainable Development. The motions of the debates will be connected to key SDGs, in particular linked to education and digitalisation, climate action, economic growth and employment.

The Forum coincides with the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Barcelona Declaration, putting youth priorities at the core of the decision-making process that will shape the Mediterranean region's future.

Programme agenda 



The “Virtual” Euro-Med Debate and Policy Forum has public sessions hosted on virtual platforms. The “Virtual” Euro-Med Debate and Policy Forum has public sessions hosted on virtual platforms. Sessions are open to all audiences and will be simultaneously interpreted from English to Arabic. All you need to do is register! Join us for one or all sessions.

Semi-finals - Friday 2 October 10.00 - 11.30 CEST 

The debating phase of the Forum is organised in a championship format. After three rounds, the best teams will compete in the Semi-finals.

Register for the Semi-finals


Great debate final - Friday 2 October 12.30 – 13.30 CEST

The final debate will follow the Oxford-style format, which allows the audience to participate in a system of voting (at the start and at the end of the debate) that determines the winning team. An exciting and inclusive ending to the debating phase of the Forum! 

Register for the Great debate final  


Networking activities - Saturday 3 October 10.00 – 12.00 CEST 

A series of networking virtual meetings will take place between young people, Civil Society Organisations and Debate Hubs from the Euro-Mediterranean region. Meet other young people and make connections around topics that interest you. Don’t miss the chance to participate!

Register for the Networking Activities


High-Level Policy Dialogue - Monday 5 October 10.00 - 11.30 CEST

Discussions around policy recommendations generated in the debate phase, with the involvement of High-Level guests. The Forum aims to build a platform between decision-makers and youth. A great occasion to hear innovative suggestions and ideas, regarding what needs to be done to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Confirmed speakers: 

Oliver Rentschler. Director, European External Action Service, Directorate for Interinstitutional Relations, Policy Coordination and Public Diplomacy

Fernando Gentilini. European External Action Service, Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa

Sir Ciarán Devane. Chief Executive, British Council

Dr. Blanca Moreno-Dodson. Manager of the Center for Mediterranean Integration

Register for the High-Level Policy Dialogue


Youth-led Consultation - Monday 5 October 11.30 -12.30 CEST

This broader youth-led dialogue with selected High-Level guests will be an opportunity for reflection on the role of youth to promote Euro-Mediterranean cooperation, on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Barcelona Declaration.

Confirmed speakers: 

Olivér Várhelyi. Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement/Member of the European Commission

Dr. Nabil Al Sharif. Executive Director of the Anna Lindh Foundation

Dr. Blanca Moreno-Dodson. Manager of the Center for Mediterranean Integration

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They wrote: 
"The European Union supports initiatives that contribute to removing obstacles to young people and that encourage active citizenship and promote democracy”, highlighted High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell, hereby endorsing youth programmes, such as the Young Mediterranean Voices. "Young people are the main stakeholders in our investment in the world’s future”, he concluded.
Josep Borrell, High Representative/Vice President