Debating with citizens to build a better future

On June the 2nd, under the Mediterranean sunlight and the hot summer of Catania in Sicily, the Festival of Mediterranean Citizens was launched. It was dedicated and open to all citizens who believe they can shape a community while recognising common roots and interests in diversity and building a culture of rights, democracy, and equality.

The festival, of international scope, sought to explore collective action, a “citizenship in progress”, anchored in the many values, practices, knowledge and heritage of people of a homogeneous region shared in its complex and inherently pluralistic nature.
And Sicily was a natural choice, as it has always been a crossroads of different peoples, nations and cultures, a cradle of Mediterranean civilisation.
During this event, a plethora of enriching interventions and forums, talks, debates, projections, discussions, concerts, readings, and animations took place on crucial subjects related to human rights, equality, social cohesion, women in society, the climate crisis and the green transition facing the countries in the Mediterranean basin.
For four days, guests and speakers, including civil society actors, researchers, artists, journalists, entrepreneurs and politicians, showcased stories of active citizenship in the Mediterranean. They created professional and human ties, opening new opportunities for cooperation and exchange around the Mediterranean as a common cause and destiny.

In this context, Clima-Med Junior Expert, Paul Tabet, participated at the event as a speaker and introduced the project in its various components: the engagement with ministries and local actors for the development of national strategies, the support provided at the municipalities level in the development of their Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SEACAPs), the implementation of pilot projects and the resource mobilisation.

The festival was Co-organized by the Med Dialogue Programme and the City of Catania.
Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality is a 3-year (2019 – 2022) EU-funded Technical Assistance regional Programme with the overall objective to strengthen the role of CSOs active at the regional scale in building sustainable development, regional cohesion and social resilience, as well as in influencing policymaking in the Southern Neighbourhood and the Euro-Mediterranean Space.

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