YOUTH & FORESIGHT IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

MED 2050: the ambition to make young people key players in building Mediterranean region’s future

Foresight is a way of building the future. In the context of MED 2050, the foresight approach chosen is intended to be strategic, combining both “forecasting” (analysis of major trends and possible disruptions starting from the present, to delimit the field of possibilities for the future) and “backcasting” (work with the actors on their vision of a desirable future, to then ask: how to achieve this future?). Strategic foresight is based on these two approaches, in order to build, with the actors, action-oriented transitions.

MED 2050 aims at giving an important place to young people and youth networks in its foresight network, for several reasons. First, Plan Bleu Focal Points recommended focusing on young people and involving them in the MED 2050 exercise. In addition, young people are the main ones concerned by the foresight to 2050, since they will be the decision-makers, entrepreneurs and actors of tomorrow. Finally, there are a large number of organized and active youth networks in the Mediterranean, dealing with environment and development issues, which creates positive potential for working with them on the MED 2050 exercise.

 

What youth networks exist in the Mediterranean?

Formal or informal structures allowing their members to come together to exchange ideas and try to bring out concrete solutions to different challenges, youth networks can take different forms and act at several scales. This ranges from local associations to national, regional or international networks.

In the Mediterranean, several youth networks, or networks integrating young people as key actors, are active, organized and focused on different themes: environment and development, youth entrepreneurship, water, climate … Some networks work on the Mediterranean scale, such as the MedYWat network, the UfM Positive Agenda for Youth, or the Young Mediterranean Voices network. Other networks are national, such as the National Youth Congress in Albania, and others, finally, are international and not exclusively focused on the Mediterranean, but still deal with the issues of the region within their projects or through localized initiatives such as the Regional Dialogues organized by the UfM, in May 2019, to which many youth networks have responded.