Malta’s capital, Valetta, was the proud host of this year’s Anna Lindh Foundation Mediterranean Forum 2016, the largest gathering for intercultural dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The gathering took place from the 23rd – 25th of October at the historic Mediterranean Conference Centre (MCC).
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, opened the MED FORUM 2016 debates with the message that “investing in a generation is the only viable roadmap to moving beyond extremism.” The forum gathered nearly 700 delegates from 50 countries, reaching millions of international individuals through the broadcasting of the live debates, in addition to the global media partnerships that were in place.
Built on a far-reaching 8-month programming process involving CSO national coordinators, youth sector leaders, intercultural experts, city-to-city networks, and regional institutions, the forum’s proceedings constituted a powerful network of social, political, and media multipliers, and presented a series of outcomes and outputs to be considered in the actions taken against extremism.
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The MED FORUM process has been a catalyst for collaboration among a broadened network of actors, from youth sector leaders and civil society coordinators to regional institutions and policy-makers. With several years of experience working with European Institutions, international governmental bodies, global associations and other institutional stakeholders, the MCI Benelux office and our Ovation DMC Partner in Malta, were chosen as the official organiser of this event.
Leveraging our global and local expertise, MCI and partners provided full event management services, from multimedia coverage and video-making to the finest logistical details. Additionally, the team offered valuable assistance in setting the agenda, by providing guidance on the meeting topics taking into account key prerequisites such as political relevance and timeliness. Some of the agenda’s highlights included:
- High-level plenary debates on the role of intercultural dialogue in the face of today’s global issues
- Strategic sessions built on the back of pioneering research and innovative practice. MED Forum 2016 was be the platform where the first results of the “Intercultural Trends Report” were presented
- Partner and delegate-led sessions providing a platform for the international participants and institutional partners to present and exchange proposals for scaling-up existing innovative practice in intercultural action
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