This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement nº 613174
DAWRAK-CITIZENS FOR DIALOGUE “Youth in Local Dialogue”
Monday 17 February 2014, Beirut – Lebanon
Dawrak – Citizens for Dialogue
The Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the dialogue between cultures organized a regional training on the participation of young people in local public life in Beirut, from 17 to 21 February, in cooperation with the Technical Bureau of Lebanese Cities/ United Cities and Local Governments and the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO, in the framework of the Citizens for Dialogue programme – DAWRAK.
The training brought together around 60 participants from the Mashrek countries (Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan), as well as experts from other countries, and aimed at exchanging different experiences and good practices in the field of cooperation between local authorities, civil society and institutions and to develop the capacity of civil society in the field of dialogue management at local level.
The opening session was held on Monday, February 17, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Dunes Hotel – Verdun, in the presence of the Executive Director of the Anna Lindh Foundation Mr. Andreu Claret, the First Counselor and Head of Sustainable Development Studies at the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon Mr. Marcello Mori, the Head of the Lebanese Network Dr. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, Lebanese Mayors Committee, the Mayor of Beirut Dr. Bilal Hamad, alongside representatives of the Ministries of Interior and Youth, representatives of Euro-Mediterranean embassies, as well as civil society and the media.
During this training, Iván Martin participated in the Introductory session (Monday 17 February, 15h30 – 17h30) and dealt with the topic: “Mobilizing Arab Youth: Making Sense in the Plethora of Programmes and Initiatives”.
In the wake of the meeting, it has been agreed that:
- Ivan Martin will participate in other similar events as a member of the panel of experts
- SAHWA will be associated to the “Youth in Local Politics” component of the project DAWRAK – Citizens for Dialogue.
- The SAHWA logo will be displayed in two seminars (Algiers, June 2014 ; Cairo, October 2014) and in a Handbook on Youth Participation in Local Dialogue
This agreement will be implemented from June 2014 on.