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The importance of sports in building bridges between the cultures; Young Mediterranean Voices New Le

Malta, January 14-18 - Last week our Youth Officer Danijela was participating at the Young Mediterranean Voices New Leadership seminar, held in Malta and organised by the Anna Lindh Foundation with co-partners MEDAC and the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid, in association with Common Purpose International.

Danijela was part of the sustainable development group, tackling on the topics of banning the use of single use plastic, encouragement of using the biodegradable materials and cleaning up the Mediterranean sea. At the seminar, Danijela was also advocating for the importance of sports in building bridges between the cultures.


Young Mediterranean Voices is an initiative of and coordinated by the Anna Lindh Foundation, co-founded by the British Council, and developed in partnership with the Centre for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), Friends of Europe, the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid, MEDAC and Soliya. The programme is funded by the European Commission and co-funded by the Government of Finland and World Bank Group.

Danijela was invited to the very first regional youth-led seminar which brought together 20 emerging leaders from across the Euro-Mediterranean region. The leadership seminar was part of a learning programme which acquired the youth participants with various skill-sets, such as cultural intelligence, value-based leadership skills, developing media stories, communicating messages to the media, influencing policy-makers and the knowledge on the EU policy making and on the Euro-Med policies in particular.

Being part of a group of 20 inspiring young people from the Mediterranean region, from both European and Arab countries, Danijela learned that regardless of their differences, youth have so much in common, including many of the same challenges the Euro-Med region is facing.

The group worked on the policy recommendations regarding sustainable development, education, migration and mobility and youth participation. During the seminar Danijela stressed the importance of using sports in building bridges between different cultures.

The young leaders also had the opportunity to meet the Acting President of Malta Ms Dolores Cristina, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Mr Carmelo Abela, former Greek Prime Minister Mr George Papandreou and many other senior officials and policy-makers.

Photo credit: Young Mediterranean Voices