EU and UNESCO Launch NET-MED Youth in Palestine
NET-MED Youth is now launched in Palestine and will soon start its activities with youth organizations and partner institutions.
In the presence of the representative of the president of the Palestinian Higher Council of Youth and Sports Abdel Naser Qaryooti, the EU Ambassador to the West Bank and Gaza John Gatt-Rutter, and the Head of UNESCO Ramallah Office Lodovico Folin-Calabi youth gave the start of Networks of Mediterranean Youth in Palestine on April 27, 2015.
"The EU recognises the importance of building the capacities of youth and youth organisations and promoting their active engagement in revising relevant legislation, operationalising national youth strategies, ensuring that national and regional media adequately cover youth issues and identifying workable models for improving youth access to employment," said John Gatt-Rutter. "At the national level, NET-MED Youth intends to improve the access and effective participation of young people in mainstreaming their priorities in legislation and national planning in ENP South countries."
Representatives of governmental bodies, members of youth organizations and other international and UN agencies working in the field of youth in Palestine attended the Launch Ceremony, which was held in both Ramallah and Gaza, simultaneously via video conference.
“Around the world, and in Palestine – where youth aged 15 to 29 represent around 30% of the population – young women and men drive change and call for respect for their fundamental freedoms and rights, and for opportunities for them to learn, work and engage as active and innovative citizens,” said Lodovico Folin Calabi. "Through NET-MED Youth, UNESCO aims at supporting an environment where young Palestinian women and men can develop their competences and their creativity and make change for themselves, for their society and for their beautiful country.”
The project was launched regionally in June 2014. Activities in Palestine had started in November 2014 with a mapping of youth organizations in the country, meetings and workshops, and the launch of an online mapping questionnaire.
Two working groups, consisting of representatives of 35 youth organizations (17 in the West Bank and 18 in Gaza), have now started working on the implementation of NET-MED Youth activities in Palestine, which will include building the capacities and enhancing networking opportunities of youth organizations, reviewing youth-related policies, empowering youth to be part of national strategies and enhancing the representation of youth and youth issues in the media.
“The Higher Council for Youth and Sports is ready to work with all civil youth organizations and international and national bodies working in the field of youth in Palestine," said Abdel Naser Qaryooti. "NET-MED Youth shall be the connecting point that joins Palestinian Youth in West bank, Gaza, Jerusalem and the Diaspora together.”
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.