Under a beautiful blue sky and a soft breeze coming from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, young members of NET-MED Youth teams and UNESCO staff met in Marseille – a city in the south of France, notorious for its booming port, its diversity and its strategic location as one of the crossroads of the Mediterranean.


The retreat, held for two days on April 19-20, served as a launch pad to generate ideas from youth and focal points about the most optimal and creative ways to preserve, beyond 2017, the sustainability of the results achieved within NET-MED Youth and to think together of ways to have a higher impact on the benefiting communities. This was an opportunity not only to exchange experiences among youth coming from the different countries benefiting from NET-MED Youth, but to review together where we stand at the regional level and how the momentum created by NET-MED Youth could be preserved and increased.


Discussions in teams


Over 30 youth among the most active and most engaged members of NET-MED Youth were present at the workshop, each representing their own organizations and bringing out their successful achievements within the project since its inception in 2014.


This time, a very dynamic, interactive, creative and fun format was adopted for the duration of the retreat. And it gave its fruits! In two days, and despite the long hours of work, the youth were at their creative peak and put forward several innovative ideas.




Our promise for the two days was:

We will celebrate and dream, think and discuss, reflect and distill thoughts; we will write, draw and speak; we will be connected, respected and seen; We will merge ‘we’ and ‘me’, own the future and take responsibility to make it real. And we will have fun.




You can view the gallery below to get a feel of how we did it!






In the field

Youth and Media


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.

Youth and Employment


Activities joining youth organizations, employment experts and different national stakeholders to engage in dialogue and work together on unemployment solutions and skills needs. 

Youth Policies


Activities empowering youth to participate in the communal and national development, revision and implementation of national youth strategies and public policies.