Open call for participation: Vision Med 2030 Mashreq
Second South-South Consultation Workshop:
Vision Med 2030 Mashreq
Are you a young activist from the Mashreq Region?
Are you involved in civil society?
Do you want to shape the future of the Mediterranean?
Deadline: 12 January 2020 @ 16:00 CET
Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality
Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality is a 3-year (2019 – 2022) EU-funded Technical Assistance regional Programme with the overall objective to strengthen the role of CSOs active at the regional scale, in building sustainable development, regional cohesion and resilience, as well as in influencing policy-making in the Southern Neighborhood and the Euro-Mediterranean Space. Mobilising civil societies on regional issues of common concerns to influence the agenda of public decision-makers and regional institutions, and involving CSOs in emerging regional platforms and thematic dialogues, makes its unique character.
Building a Shared Vision for the Mediterranean
General Objectives of the Mashreq Workshop
Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality is facilitating a consultation process that provides civil society actors and stakeholders with a dialogue platform, aimed at shaping a vision of the Mediterranean for the years to come.
This envisioning and awareness raising exercise on the challenges of the Mediterranean as a common destiny will provide a useful framework and the opportunity for Civil Society Organisations CSOs and other stakeholders to develop a coherent, shared set of conceptualisations, values and goals for the future of the region that can help shape its development path, preserve its rich natural heritage, and celebrate its unique character.
The main objective of the consultation process is to produce a document that provides a vision for the Mediterranean region as a common space, and a lasting environment for cooperation and political construction. The workshop will also develop a set of recommendations/ ideas for a campaign advocating for this vision, following Vision Med 2030 conclusions/ results, and where objectives, target groups and tools will be explored using Design Thinking approaches.
Vision Med 2030 is divided into three stages of consultation and participatory work:
- A first South-South consultation workshop for the Maghreb region was held from 18 to 21 July 2019 in Tunis,
- The second South-South consultation workshop for the Mashreq region – and which is the object of this Call – will be held in Amman-Jordan in the period between 26 February and 1st March 2020
- A final North-South consultation workshop, bringing together participants from both sides of the Mediterranean, with which the consultation process will be concluded, taking into account the outcomes of the previous two workshops, is scheduled to take place in May-June 2020, in Brussels.
This 2nd Vision Med South-South consultation workshop aims at opening a reflection in the Mashreq area on the destiny of the Mediterranean as a common social, cultural, political and economic space, in order to then come up with a common vision for the future of the Mediterranean.
Specific Objectives of the Mashreq Workshop
The 2nd Vision Med South-South consultation workshop aims to:
- Articulate and shape civil society's hopes and expectations, involving a selected number of participants from the most diversified representation possible of civil society actors and stakeholders, and develop a vision of the Mediterranean as our “common destiny”,
- Develop proposals for strategies, actions and partnerships to make this vision a realistic goal,
- Facilitate the exchange of experiences, good practices and networking of civil society organisations, as well as their collaboration in advocacy and other actions related to the Mediterranean Area;
- Build on the statement adopted at the Maghreb Workshop and draft a consolidated document of principles that translate common values into a vision; and conceive ideas for a regional campaign advocating for such a vision, taking into account the specific demands and challenges of the Mashreq region.
The expected results of Vision Med 2030 following the three workshops are:
- A common understanding of the main regional challenges in the Mediterranean in terms of economic, social and political cooperation and development, cultural belonging and environmental crisis,
- A vision of the future of the Mediterranean and the definition of a symbolic horizon, that of 2030 (Statement Vision Med 2030),
- Ideas for a regional advocacy campaign on the vision for the Mediterranean as a common destiny, to be carried out in 2020 by organisations working at trans-national level in Mediterranean region,
- An exchange of experiences and approaches on advocating for the vision proposed by the statement and the building of strategic alliances and partnerships,
- Opening channels for advocacy and dialogue with EU institutions, regional intergovernmental entities, and possibly governments.
Where and When?
The 4-day workshop will take place in Jordan from 26 February to 1 March 2020.
The workshop will address topics related to the main policy challenges of the region, which have been identified by the Programme, and in particular:
- Confronting socio-economic inequalities;
- Developing critical thinking and preventing youth radicalization;
- Addressing the ecological challenge;
- Aiming at institutions serving the citizens;
- Fostering equality between men and women;
- Consolidating the democratic space and citizenship rights.
This workshop will include:
1) A debate and consultation exercise, indicatively consisting of an introductory session to the work, parallel plenary sessions and working groups, as well as a "Networking" session.
In addition, a cultural event will be organised in the form of a public round table with experts and possibly the screening of a documentary film.
2) During the workshop, the facilitators will also present advocacy techniques, as well as good practices in transnational advocacy (possibly experienced by some participants), that would help to address issues that may arise during the consultation and enhance participants' knowledge.
Information and Communication Technology will be discussed as a potential advocacy tool, and its application will be assessed and discussed.
The language used during the workshops will be Arabic and English.
Who can apply?
The 2nd Vision Med South-South workshop will bring together 30 representatives of CSOs and other sectors or entities with a regional/trans-national projection and/or capacity for action, as well as activists interested in Mediterranean affairs.
This Call aims at selecting 10 young participants from the total group of 30.
Candidates submitting their application through this Call must be:
- Aged between 18-35 years,
- Nationals of the following countries: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria, as well as related diasporas.
In order to achieve the most articulated representation possible of the region’s societies, their stakeholders and know-how, candidates from the following groups are invited to apply:
- Political scientists, strategists and intellectuals
- Artists, writers or cultural actors
- Social and political activists
- Institutional representatives or mayors/town Councillors
- Religious clerics or philosophers
- Economic actors
When identifying participants, a balance will be sought in terms of gender (men and women), and geographical distribution (per country, urban / rural areas).
Travel and accommodation expenses, visa fees are taken in charge by Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality.
Applicants will need to submit the following:
- Curriculum Vitae EN, FR or AR, maximum 4 pages,
- Motivation letter, specifying the personal background and the reasons for the interest in such consultation on the future of the Mediterranean region.
Deadline for submitting applications: 12 January 2020 @ 16:00 CET
Applications must be sent to the following email-address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Only complete applications will be assessed. (including CV and motivation letter)
Selection results will be, indicatively, announced at the latest on the 25 January 2020 through our Facebook page .
 Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality adopts the EU definition of civil society organisations, which considers “CSOs to include all non-State, not-for-profit structures, non-partisan and nonviolent, through which people organise to pursue shared objectives and ideals, whether political, cultural, social or economic. Operating from the local to the national, regional and international levels, they comprise urban and rural, formal and informal organizations”.