Mediterranean Youth Council
The Mediterranean Youth Council is made up of young and dynamic people from all over the
Mediterranean region, from Kosovo to Cyprus, Lebanon, Palestine, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Spain, Italy and France. For us, the Mediterranean Youth Council is an opportunity to make our ideas heard, to pass on messages through common actions but also to engage in a dialogue with local, regional and national authorities in our respective countries.
The Mediterranean Youth Council is
coordinated by the association Les Têtes de l’Art, and co-managed by the Conference of Peripheral Regions Maritimes (CPMR), the Provence Alpes Côtes d’Azur region, the Lazio region, and the Foundation Assembly of Citizens of the Mediterranean (FACM), with the support of EuroMed France and the European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA).
The MYC was officially installed on February 7th as part of the Forum for the Mediterranean Worlds which took place in Marseille on February 7th and 8th.
The digitalisation group aims to empower young people in a new era where technology plays a fundamental role. Through our work, we are adamant about raising awareness of both benefits and hazards of its use, raising the alarm about future implications and calling for action.
Sustainability and equality are our watchwords: we believe that digitalisation needs to be socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable, benefiting society as a whole through the democratisation of digital access and digital knowledge.
GENDER AND DISCRIMINATION
This group was created in response to prevailing trends of categorised discriminations -race, gender, ideological affiliations…etc- that are unfortunately rampant on local, regional, and international levels. Reduced inequality strengthens economies and creates stable, resilient societies that allow all individuals to reach their full potential.
And , In translation to the Mediterranean Youth Council's practices and direction, one of intolerance to any form of alienation or discrimination, we aim to level up our communities' cultures to live in an environment of acceptance and inclusion.
ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE
This working group was created in reflection of our council's commitment to environmental conservation and climate change confrontation. in a Mediterranean spirit, we work on the realisation of a healthier planet by bringing our nations together under our council’s name, with special regards to the empowerment of youth populaces on both shores.
Our line of work ranges from raising awareness, and pushing forward inclusive dialogues, to inducing impactful actions and creating strong ties with our communities here and internationally alike.
ECONOMY, EDUCATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Owing to the fact that a well-supported, and adequately-prepared youth is what our Mediterranean needs, this group's aims for the development of youth-relevant educational, entrepreneurial, and economic systems.
When it comes to education, we tackle issues of inequality, illiteracy and its effects upon society, and push for an educational system capable of supporting young people's futures. As for entrepreneurship, we aim for an inclusive, safe, and non-exploitative environment for the youth to engage in. And finally, we aim to secure promising positions for the youth in the cycle of economies.
SOCIETY AND INTERCULTURALITY
As the Mediterranean is this complex mixture of different cultures, and owing to our similarities and diversities, this group aims for the promotion of a strong, culturally rich, united Mediterranean identity revolving around celebrating our differences before adopting one certain way to live the Mediterranean experience.
We are also on a quest to eliminate obstacles standing in the way to a Mediterranean unity such as issues of migration, intolerances, and political or socio-economic turbulences.
The Mediterranean Youth Council is coordinated by the association Les Têtes de l’Art and supported by the Conference of Peripheral Regions Maritimes (CPMR), the Provence Alpes Côtes d’Azur region, the Lazio region, and the Foundation Assembly of Citizens of the Mediterranean (FACM), with the support of EuroMed France and the European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA). These authorities allow MYC members to be represented and heard at a regional and political level. The association Les Têtes de l’Art acts as an intermediary between decision-making bodies and these young people by creating spaces of thinking, debates and linking with these authorities.