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Symposium "Arab spring: Youth participation for the promotion of peace, human rights and fundamental freedoms"

27-29 August 2012, Tunisia

Objectives of the symposium

Given the recent political changes, the symposium aims at providing a high level setting for the exchange of  perspectives on how international and regional organisations, governments and civil society can and must adjust to the new realities from a policy point of view, taking into account existing and future programmes.  Awareness should be raised on implications of the proposals made for advocacy and partnerships with existing and emerging youth networks.

In order to come up with well-grounded youth policy recommendations, young people, policy makers and international organisations, supported by experts should be given an opportunity for discussion in the framework of working groups. Ideas voiced by young people during the youth empowerment seminar in Malta and existing instruments of youth policy for enhancing young people's participation and democratic citizenship and their relevance for the regional context will be presented in this framework. Special attention should be paid to the circumstances and specific needs of youth policy actors in transition countries.

In line with the exchange of the symposium, stakeholders engaged in Euro-Arab youth cooperation should develop ideas for further cooperation and coordinating instruments for supporting youth participation and human rights in the process of transition to democracy.

The objectives of the symposium are:

On the basis of the needs analysis made by youth activists in Malta, to discuss how the empowerment of youth in view of active participation in a democratic society could be supported and enhanced through strategies and projects promoting civic participation;

  • To present youth policy and participation models and discuss their relevance for the regional context;
  • To develop concrete proposals for the development and support of youth participation, youth policy institutions, and youth research;
  • To strengthen and support the role of civil society and non-governmental youth led organisations and networks;
  • To reinforce and further develop youth cooperation between the Southern Mediterranean region and Europe through the adoption of a conference statement based on the common approaches, objectives and programmes of international organisations, youth policy institutions and youth organisations.

Draft programme 

Call for participants

Call for facilitators and rapporteur