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Summer Summit Lugano, Switzerland The Forum Read more Welcome to the MEM Summer Summit Between 16 and 26 August, young change-makers, leaders from the public and private sector, artists, and intellectuals will gather in the south of Switzerland to address recent developments and persisting problems in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries.
This heterogeneous and trans-generational model of exchange is innovative and promotes dialogue between people who do not usually have the opportunity to be in contact. Accompanying cultural events offer an informal framework to address existing assumptions and develop mutual perspectives through art.
Participants of the Seminar were selected in early through a competitive application procedure The Forum is open to the general public, tickets for the event are available here Our Mission The Arab Spring stirred enthusiasm and hope amongst the Middle East and North African youth, promising a more democratic and prosperous future.
Seven years on, the situation in many countries has taken a dramatic turn for the worse. Inter-religious violence, terrorism and mass migration have an explosive potential to not only unsettle countries in the region, but also their European neighbours north of the Mediterranean.
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Young change-makers from the Middle East Mediterranean region as a whole must take up the challenge. The MEM Summer Summit empowers young people with the will and potential to work for the betterment of the MEM region, to evaluate, innovate and develop novel approaches to tackle persisting problems.
The Forum 25 — 26 August The MEM Summer Summit culminates in the Forum, a two-day high-level event that brings together leaders from the public and private sectors, as well as intellectuals and artists to meet and discuss with young change-makers. Their ideas and proposals, which were developed during the preceding Seminar, are a starting point for the discussions.
The Forum is an opportunity to meet and exchange, a representation of ideas and solutions from different organisations, actors, contexts and generations. It is a place for inclusive discussions and private meetings, where participants have the ability to shape their own experience by selecting from a multitude of offers.
The Forum will be accompanied by various cultural events. We are convinced that cultural engagement offers an ideal framework to address existing assumptions and develop mutual perspectives.
Simultaneous interpretation from and into the two languages will be provided. On 25 and 26 August, at the end of an intense eight-day Seminar, the ideas generated and formulated by the young participants will be presented and debated in the framework of a Forum, open to the public. Forum attendees will include high-level political authorities, experts, intellectuals, and entrepreneurs of the Middle East Mediterranean region.
The Forum will be held at Palazzo dei Congressi, Lugano, over two days, with a programme consisting of several thematic sessions, based on a structured presentation of key issues and points for reflection raised during the preceding Seminar. There will be opportunities to explore the geopolitics of the region, to outline scenarios for material reconstruction, and the development of cultural policies; to address the relationship between water, peace, and borders; and to discuss new models of citizenship, energy transition, and education and training as an engine of change.
Also on the agenda: Participants will analyse the elements that have made its transition to democracy one of a kind. Strategic matters will be dealt with by influential protagonists and experts in the Middle-Eastern political scene: While used to steering politics from behind the scenes, they will step on stage to give their version of the transition from strategy to political action.
A possible reconstruction, and cultural policies The Syrian conflict has left deep scars on people and their cities, wreaking havoc on homes as well as on any hopes for the future. Reconstructing a society means engaging in concrete action on the ground; but to piece together a peaceful and civilised coexistence requires an effort over the long term, including a programme of specific cultural policies.
Water and peace across borders From time immemorial, water supply has been one of the angles from which to interpret geopolitical tensions.
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs has promoted Blue Peace, an initiative designed to develop and set up a network worldwide for all sorts of operations concerning water, peace, security, and cooperation undertaken by actors such as universities, cultural and political institutions, diplomacy, civil society and the private sector.
The project entitled The Blue Peace Movement: Transboundary Water for Peace and Sustainabilitywill be introduced during a debate involving Prof. New models of citizenship As a result of the uprisings, we have witnessed a re-examination and reappraisal of the very concepts and models of citizenship, of the relation between state and society, of rights achieved and rights that are still denied.
A comparison of the various forms of democratic participation may be a useful tool for building a picture of the precarious situation of the different countries in the region and for identifying positive practices to be emulated and, if necessary, applied in different contexts.
Gender equality and equality between secularism and religion are central and crucial subjects in the process of identifying new forms of citizenship and for the new constitutions to be drafted.
From petroleum to energy transition The big changes that have affected the energy sector, where renewable sources are increasingly taking hold, entail further challenges for the region, inextricably bound to the fortunes of fossil fuels.
Education as an engine of change The youth of the Middle East Mediterranean have had more opportunities to study than the previous generations. Yet, they do not seem to be able to find jobs in line with their qualifications. Therefore, investing in education is necessary, though no less important is the need to rethink the degree curricula themselves, furthering student mobility and academic exchanges.
The future of global infrastructure The future of the region also depends on its infrastructure: This vast region suffers from an imbalance, as it comprises, on the one hand, Gulf oil-rich economies and, on the other hand, countries whose natural resources are insufficient to meet the demands of their population which is the case of Egypt, Morocco, and Yemen.
These topics will be tackled by Prof. Reviewing the economy and business models Several factors and circumstances came together to trigger the uprisings, though the economic crisis and soaring unemployment rates no doubt played a decisive role.
Success stories While the initiatives undertaken by governments and international organisations do matter, we cannot do without, or replace, the projects and efforts of the NGOs and foundations operating on the ground.
Art and literature across borders One of the chief objectives of the MEM Summer Summit is to encourage new narratives of the region. As a writer, architect, and founder of theRiwaq Center for Architectural Conservation in Ramallah, Amiry marries the imaginative and immaterial power of literature with the visionary and material power of architecture.
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