Euro-Arab Youth Forums
The Euro-Arab Youth Forum has since 2008 become a bi-annual 4 day event inviting around 80 young Arab and European leaders, youth workers, representatives of youth associations and decision-makers. Hosting of the Youth Forum rotates between countries from the Arab and European Region.
The Euro-Arab Youth Forum aims to foster mutual cooperation and dialogue among European and Arab Youth leaders and representatives of youth associations on topics of shared concern within a framework of commitment to a culture of universal human rights and intercultural dialogue. The Forums have the objective to:
- To contribute to the development of shared knowledge and to increase the awareness about meanings and practices of Intercultural Dialogue, Human Rights and Euro-Arab cooperation
- To explore the role and practices of education for citizenship and human rights in building peaceful cohesive societies and preventing discrimination, hate speech, islamophobia and extremism leading to violence
- To develop proposals which aim to involve young people in the issues on the Arab-European dialogue agenda (social, economic, spiritual, cultural, and political) based on their ability to challenge stereotypical images.
6th edition of the Euro-Arab Youth Forum
The sixth edition of the Euro-Arab Youth Forum will be hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in the Kingdom of Morocco in April 2017. The 6 Arab-European Youth Forum will mobilise young people and youth organisations from Arab and European regions to engage in dialogue and cooperation against violent extremism and hate speech.
The 6th forum will reflect the current concerns shared by young people in both regions, notably:
- The consequences of violent extremism, terrorism and populism
- The consequences of armed conflict and violence
- The fate of refugees and asylum-seekers
- The deterioration of the climate of human rights and dialogue
- The implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, notably those concerning education, peace and intercultural dialogue
- Actions and campaigning by young people against or in reaction to the above.
Euro-Arab Youth Forum - Learning and Practicing Citizenship
European Youth Centre, Strasbourg, 2-5 September 2015
The 5th Euro-Arab Youth Forum brought together 100 young people from the Council of Europe and Arab League member countries. Young people’s values and commitment to intercultural and cohesive societies was the underlying theme to share and discuss realities, challenges and aspirations among young Arabs and Europeans.
Despite the very different demographical, social and culture realities of young Arabs and Europeans, the forum participants were driven by a common desire to overcome prejudice and barriers and by the commitment to intercultural dialogue and exchange.
The forum adopted the Strasbourg Message, reflecting the proposals and expectations of the participants on future Euro-Arab cooperation and possibilities to enlarge spaces for effective participation and citizenship of young people.
Participants expressed their concerns about the shrinking space for civil society, poor access to social rights, rampant corruption and lack of accountability of governments to citizens in many countries. They also called on all member states of the Council of Europe and of the League of Arab States to live up to their international commitments and duties to safeguard human rights, with regards to the current refugee crisis by hosting more refugees fleeing from armed conflicts.
The forum was co-organised by the Youth departments of the Council of Europe and of the League of Arab States in cooperation with the European Youth Forum.
League of Arab States
The League of Arab States mission is to encourage cooperation between its member states, safeguarding their independence and sovereignty, on a range of issues including Human Rights, economic and social development, migration, rights of women and youth.
The Youth and Sport Department was established in 1952. Its first activities were run with students in schools and focused on sport activities. In 1978 the Arab Ministerial Council on Youth for the League of Arab States was established.
The Youth and Sports Department runs about 30 – 35 activities annually. The programme of activities is funded from the Arab Fund on Youth, composed of contributions of member states; its spending’s agreed on by the Ministerial Council on Youth.
European Youth Forum
The European Youth Forum (YFJ) is the platform of youth organisations in Europe. Representing 99 youth organisations, both National Youth Councils and International Non-Governmental Youth Organisations. The European Youth Forum believes youth organisations are the tool through which to empower, encourage, involve, represent, reach out and support young people. The Youth Forum brings together tens of millions of young people from all over Europe, organised in order to represent their common interests.
The Youth Forum works to empower young people to participate actively in society to improve their own lives by representing and advocating their needs and interest and those of their organisations.
The European Youth Forum is a regional platform that has developed and maintain relations with different actors across the world, in order to strengthen youth civil society, ensure the development of all young people, and increase intercultural understanding. The Youth Forum is an active member of the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organisations (ICMYO), which gathers 30 global organisations and regional platforms. In the Arab region the Youth Forum works via different activities with partners from the region, such as the Euro Arab Youth Forum.
For more information see: http://www.youthforum.org/
- 2008, Youth Forum of the League of Arab States in Jordan
- 2009, Youth Forum of the League of Arab States in Morocco
- 2010, Euro-Arab Youth Conference in Tunisia and Italy
Ragusa Declaration on Euro-Arab Youth Cooperation
- 2013, 4th Arab-Euro Youth on Human Rights, Participation and Intercultural Dialogue Forum, Doha, Qatar.
- 2015, 5th Euro-Arab Youth Forum on Learning and Practicing Citizenship, Young people’s values and commitments to intercultural and inclusive societies., Strasbourg, France.