What can we do to increase understanding in the Mediterranean?

March 4, 2010 at 1:03 pm 10 comments

What can we do to increase exchange and understanding between people across the Meditterranean region?

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  • 1. vivian  |  March 5, 2010 at 6:51 am

    when we talk about understanding we talk about learning & when we talk about exchange we talk about useful staf like science common matters for education would rise knowlege & support understanding .

  • 2. mohamedezzaldin  |  March 5, 2010 at 9:57 am

    I guess more Intercultural meetings like this one, competitions between youth, musical events in different places of the region, youth educational exchange programs, …. there’s more i guess! I will be back to you with some!

  • 3. LiberatoG  |  March 5, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I think if we in any form can promote and facilitate mobility between mediterranean people we can improve our mutual understanding.

  • 4. Ibrahim Fathi  |  March 5, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I think more intercultural meetings and events can encourage understanding between the people across different regions.

  • 5. bahzoz  |  March 6, 2010 at 9:04 am

    it is always good to have such meetings … it really help getting to know each other.. but there are some challenges in the European diplomatic representation in the arab world… it is so un fair for the arab average person to pay almost half of his salary to get the visa while the European pay almost the price of sandwich … it is un-fair for Arabs to wait for 3 weeks to get the visa while the western European get it in the airport at most cases.

  • 6. Magdalena  |  March 10, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    we have to learn Arabic!

    • 7. pmakers  |  March 12, 2010 at 9:25 am

      and hebrew

  • 8. Muratto  |  March 10, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Bahzoz, i totally share your feelings about the visa policy of EU. Taking visa is avery long and exhausting period for none European countries especially for young people whom they are treated as potential fugitives and terrorists. On the other hand, young people from all Med countries can be brought togather every month in a different country and these meetings can be broadcast on national channels. It can be a discussion or amusement activity

  • 9. Elisa Di Benedetto  |  March 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I dind’t attend the forum2010 – actually, I did it from Italy, thanks to Twitter and the live webcast – but I was in Alexandria in February 15-17, at the international conference “Reporting Across Cultures: Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age”, organized by the International Center for Journalists and supported by Anna Lindh Foundation and the United Nations’ Alliance of Civilizations.

    40 journalists from all Us, Europe, Arab Countries, Israel, Pakistan, Indonesia shared their views and experiences on cross-cultural and cross-religious topics and the role of media in promoting dialogue between different cultures.

    In my opinion, intercultural meetings and events, together with events such as the Anna Lindh forum or conferences gathering people from different countries, are extremely important to increase exchange and mutual understanding across the Mediterranean region – and not only.

    We are facing diversity everyday – differences in culture, in traditions, religion – and I believe denying differences is not the key to understanding and dialogue. We should rather change perspective, search for common ground, accept diversity and consider it as a richness and not as a barrier.

  • 10. Mustapha Chouikha  |  March 13, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I attended the ALF Forum in Barcelona and it was a unique experience to gather with almost 1000 representatives from 43 countries all concerned and involved in Development actions and program toward uniting the two sides of the Mediterranean.
    I have been working on this issue since 1988, I was a teen and I already began to participate to various meeting and workshops ( Turkey, Council of Europe, Various networks ( in France, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Egypt etc….) trying to find concrete projects to give more dynamic to the Euro-mediterranean dialogue.
    The Union for the Mediterranean concretisation is certainly giving some hope on the strenghening of the vision even if it is always a pity to see that civil society and Youth are always not involved in the real sense in the political process.

    I had the opportunity during the Forum to present in the Medina, a project of Ecological farm which would be based in North east Tunisia.
    This structure would try to work for insuring food security for its residents who will be representative of the various 43 Euro-mediterranean countries.
    Workshops on various subjects, but also concrete training sessions in arts, agriculture, rural development, capacity building will be directed permanently in the Farm.

    I am still in the process of building the data base of interested partners with whom I could further develop the concept and have a proper funding application and set up this extraordinary project which could become a regional example of living together and sharing and a success story which could be replicated.

    Tunisia is a perfect country for such a project in view of the good standard of living, the security and the easy access as it is situated in the middle of the Mediterranean ( 1h45 from Barcelona, 1h15 from Rome, 2h30 from Casablanca ).
    The North Esat of Tunisia in the surrounding of Porto Farina is one of the most fertile region of the country, at 30 mn from the International Airport by car, and enjoy a very mild mediterranean climate.

    For more information contact person:
    Mustapha Chouikha


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