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Civil society Forum 2017 - Neighbourhood South
In continuation of the EU effort to deepen its engagement with civil society and part of a joint effort to overcome current challenges in the Southern Mediterranean region and developing inclusive responses to them, the 2017 edition of the Civil Society Forum - Neighbourhood South took place through: preparatory seminars for regional CSOs in Tunis, and then, through the multi-stakeholders Forum organised in Brussels in July.
Please find the video of the Forum:
The CS Forum in Brussels gathered civil society organisations from the Euro-Mediterranean region, EU institutions and EU political leaders, networks of local authorities, media, academics, regional entities such as the Union for the Mediterranean, League of Arab States, or the Anna Lindh Foundation, and international organisations (World Bank, Unesco, etc.).
Under the umbrella theme of "Youth and Resilience", the 2017 forum provided a platform to raise pressing issues faced in the Euro-Mediterranean area, with the objective to enhance a constructive dialogue.
The report including summary recommendations of the forum are accessible here.
Four seminars gathered Civil Society inputs on themes identified by Civil Society and that constitute priorities of the European Neighbourhood Policy:
- Security and Resilience
- Human Rights and Governance
- Reducing inequalities (focus on employability and social economy)
By clicking into the hyper links you will access the reference material (concept notes, reports and recommendations).
Material on the plenaries of Tunis is available here, and the full PPT of Brussels Forum is found hereunder (last document below).
You can also find relevant information on the EU support to civil society in the region through: csfsouth.org
(The Civil Society Facility South, CSFS, technical assistance of DG NEAR B2 on Civil Society, will run until June 2018. It assisted DG NEAR in the organisation and reporting of the forum, through the support of facilitators and rapporteurs. Dialogue Fellows actively contributed to the dialogue in complementarity with Youth from other EU supported programmes such as the Young Med Voices or the Net Med Youth programmes.
The CSFS analysed the evaluation of the Forum by participants: in English, in Arabic
You can find the guidelines of the call for a regional hub for structured dialogue for civil society in the Neighbourhood South (published in April 2017, now closed) that refers to the key principles that will guide the dialogue between the EU and CSOs of the region during the 3 coming years, constituting an inclusive process with CS willing to work further together on priority themes and challenges at regional level, in the 10 countries of the region: from Morocco to Syria. (Indicative information was made available here in August).
The inception phase of the hub will start in February 2018.
A new technical assistance will also be created to support CSOs capacity development in the region by the end of 2018.