CALL FOR ACTION : cultural heritage in southern Mediterranean countries
The regional flagship Networks of Mediterranean Youth Project – NET-MED Youth (2014-2018) stems from a strategic UNESCO/EU partnership for the Southern Mediterranean region. It aims at improving the access and effective participation of young women and men in designing national youth strategies and policies including by: (i) building the capacities of and enhancing networking among youth organizations, (ii) increasing their effective interaction with the media and their use of ICT-enabled platforms, (iii) developing their skills and facilitating transition towards the labour market. So far, the Project has initiated 7 pro-active youth networks reaching out to over 4.000 young women and men, advanced the participatory formulation of national youth policies and strategic local plans in 7 countries, developed a large body of knowledge and resources on youth needs, aspirations, representation in media and employment.
In line with UNSCR 2250 and as part of UNESCO’s and the EU’s commitment to engaging youth and regional institutions in protecting and safeguarding their tangible and intangible cultural heritage and promoting cultural diversity as a vital element of preventing prevent violent extremism, the NET-MED Youth Project launches a Call for Action targeting youth civil society organizations from southern Mediterranean countries. This new initiative will build on the regional conference “Cultural Heritage and Identity: An Arab youth perspective”, held in Tunisia, in March 2017, during which participants discussed endangered cultural heritage in the region, highlighting themes of peace building, dialogue and cohesion. Participants formulated 10 operational recommendations as well as pilot initiatives focusing on youth involvement in the context of rising threats, leveraging cultural heritage as a resource for youth entrepreneurship and development. Finally, this initiative will also build on the dynamics of UNESCO’s international #Unite4Heritage campaign, which involved several NET-MED Youth networks from the Mediterranean region.
The selected actions should advance youth’s effective participation in the protection and safeguarding of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, as well as the promotion of cultural diversity, as a pillar of the fundamental right of freedom of expression and as a vehicle to prevent violent extremism and bolster peace and cohesion in the region. More specifically, the Actions should target one of the four priority areas below:
Each selected action will benefit from the support of the NET-MED Youth Project - up to 15,000 USD per proposal. It is expected that two projects will be selected. The selected applicant organization should contribute to the proposed budget with a minimum of 10% co-financing (in-kind, human resources, communication costs, etc.).
The selected projects will benefit from technical support and visibility offered by UNESCO relevant Field Offices and HQ.
The selected actions should be implemented between July and September 2018.
The application file should include:
Selected participants will be notified by 14 June 2018.
For further information, please contact the NET-MED Youth Coordination Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities building skills among youth organizations and young journalists; to enhance youth representation in media and promote freedom of expression, media and information literacy and youth-generated media content.
Activities joining youth organizations, employment experts and different national stakeholders to engage in dialogue and work together on unemployment solutions and skills needs.
Activities empowering youth to participate in the communal and national development, revision and implementation of national youth strategies and public policies.