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.
7th edition of the Euro-Arab Youth Forum
European Youth Centre Budapest, 5-8 November 2019
The 7th Euro-Arab Youth Forum titled “Dialogue on Youth, Peace and Security” will bring together some 100 youth leaders, activists and other stakeholders active in the Euro-Arab cooperation in the youth field in member states of the League of Arab States and the Council of Europe. It will foster the participation of young people and youth organisations in peacebuilding and Euro-Arab dialogue for inclusive societies.
The forum will provide space for participants to explore the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth Peace and Security and to critically reflect about the role all stakeholders, i.e. young people and institutions alike in implementing the UN2250 and its principles of action and shaping the future of the cooperation.
Throughout the programme and its follow up by participants human rights education as a framework will be used and promoted for learning and acting for peace and dialogue.
6th edition of the Euro-Arab Youth Forum
Fez, Morocco, 24-28 April 2017
The sixth edition of the Euro-Arab Youth Forum was be hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in the Kingdom of Morocco in April 2017. The 6 Arab-European Youth Forum mobilised 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 reflected 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.
5th edition of the Euro-Arab Youth Forum
European Youth Centre, Strasbourg, 2-5 September 2015
Learning and Practicing Citizenship
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.