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MEDAC at the MEDFORUM of the Anna Lindh Foundation

MEDAC academic staff and students participated in the 3rd Mediterranean Forum of the Anna Lindh Foundation for Intercultural Dialogue which took place at the historic Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta between the 23 to 25 October 2016.  The Forum has been acknowledged as a “landmark event” in how intercultural dialogue can counteract conflict, extremism, unemployment, and the public discourse on migration and the refugee crisis.  It has helped establish a solid coalition of actors for intercultural dialogue which is now enjoying far-reaching institutional backing, including that of the European Union.


The Forum had the extensive backing of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malta and was held on the eve of the first Maltese Presidency of the European Union Council.  The Maltese Presidency has identified "Mediterranean Dialogue" as a central theme, with the commitment of the Maltese authorities and EU institutions to shape the regional cooperation agenda with youth and civil society-led initiatives.

The Forum in October brought together 680 delegates, mostly civil society leaders from 50 countries. It was also attended by international media, policy makers, parliamentarians, and high officials of the Foundation’s main institutional partners, among them the United Nations, EU institutions and the Arab League.  UN Secretary-General Bank Ki-Moon and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini sent messages to the Forum. The Foreign Minister of Malta, the Hon. George Vella, inaugurated the Forum together with Ms. Elisabeth Guigou, President of the Anna Lindh Foundation.  The Forum had global outreach through Forum live debates as well as unprecedented media outreach through Facebook and Twitter.


The programme of the Forum included plenary sessions for each of the two days, followed by simultaneous strategic debates on the identified priority areas and actors.  The latter included debates on “Shifting the focus to Intercultural Cities”, “Rethinking Learning”, “Youth: Moving Public Voices into Policy Action” and “Media: Communicating for Cross-Cultural Understanding”.  Dr. Omar Grech, Human Rights Dimension Co-ordinator at MEDAC was one of the keynote speakers on Rethinking Learning while Ms. Lourdes Pullicino, lecturer at MEDAC, wrote the background paper on Media for Intercultural dialogue. The afternoon sessions were dedicated to networking where participants were encouraged to develop initiatives and actions to follow-up on the Forum’s key themes. 

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