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Call for applications - Seminar “Empowerment of youth organisations and youth-led civil society initiatives in the South-Mediterranean framework” (22-24 March 2012, Malta)

By EU-CoE youth partnership


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The seminar “Empowerment of youth organisations and youth-led civil society initiatives in the South-Mediterranean framework” is organised in the framework of the partnership between the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the field of youth in cooperation with the Maltese Youth Agency a (Aġenzija Żgħażagħ), League of Arab States, North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, Maltese Youth Agency (Aġenzija Żgħażagħ), Euromed Youth Platform from 22-24 March 2012 in Malta.

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This seminar will focus on the role and status of youth organisations/youth movements and the young people they work with as crucial actors in the development and consolidation of inclusive, participatory and pluralistic democracies based on human rights and the rule of law. Furthermore, this seminar will give opportunity for a joint analysis on the impact of youth (organisations) on the Arab revolutions and vice versa, their role within the resulting transition process.


  • To exchange on the current effects of Arab spring on civil society and develop a shared understanding of the current situation of young people in the South Med region as well as in European countries and their role in on-going processes of change;
  • To understand the implications of this transition to democracy for the reality of youth, the youth agendas and for the landscape of youth led civil society organisations;
  • To strengthen and support the role of civil society and non governmental youth led organisations and networks by enabling young people to reflect on their needs in terms of capacity building and propose joint projects to be implemented on a long term basis in a wider partnership.

The seminar will bring together 30 young people from Southern Mediterranean [MENA] and European youth organisations, facilitators, stakeholders and youth policy experts from the Euro-Mediterranean region.
The seminar is open for professionals and volunteers closely involved in youth policy processes in their youth organisations and countries, young multipliers closely involved in democratic youth movements in their countries, leaders of youth organisations having an active role in the developments of the Arab spring, bloggers and youth workers.
Participants will be selected through an open call and nominated among selected experts and cooperation partners.
The detailed presentation of the seminar, as well as the application procedure can be found in the attached document.

Please note that the application form by the participants residing in the Council of Europe member states should be submitted on-line by 13 February 2012.
Interested persons residing in Arab countries should direct their requests for application to the League of Arab States on the following e-mail address: youth@poplas.org, admin@poplas.org

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