An initiative designed to build bridges between young people and NGOs in Mediterranean countries is making its third call for new ideas.
The programme, Supporting Youth in the Mediterranean (J-Med), has seen success in the past. The last two editions had almost 280 associations apply, and 41 winners were selected to implement projects that were advantageous to their communities.
Amongst the selected themes were promoting culture as a tool for commitment, developing innovative professional training courses, involving youth in social and solidarity entrepreneurship, and the conservation and enhancement of rural areas.
Isabelle Berro-Amadeï, Monaco’s Minister for External Relations and Cooperation, and Laurent Stéfanini, Ambassador of France to Monaco, were on hand for the 3rd February renewal signing.
Isabelle Berro-Amadeï said the renewal of this partnership “demonstrates the excellent links with our French neighbour, and the success of this innovative initiative, which places at the centre two concepts essential to the Principality and its policy of public aid to development: youth and the Mediterranean.”
The first call was in November 2019 when the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE), via its Interministerial Delegation for the Mediterranean and its Delegation for Relations with Civil Society and Partnerships, teamed up with the cooperation of Monaco and launched a joint call for projects in favour of Mediterranean civil society.
“This third edition of the call for projects ‘Supporting Youth in the Mediterranean’ is a concrete achievement of our Franco-Monegasque cooperation,” said Laurent Stéfanini. “I welcome this important partnership. We are building bridges between young people and NGOs in Mediterranean countries; we are investing in the future of this geographical area rich in cultural and societal diversity. I hope that this call for projects will meet with great success like the previous ones.”
The 2022 J-Med agenda was announced in Marseille during the Mediterranean Worlds Forum held on 7th and 8th February with the consortium being asked to submit project ideas from 1st March to 15th April for consideration.
The projects that will be considered are in the fields of education and culture, vocational training, socio-economic integration, mobility, social and solidarity entrepreneurship, and sport.
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