The first Edition of the Mediterranean Youth Solutions Report provides an overview of the relevant role played by young people and youth-led organizations from the Mediterranean region in the achievement of sustainable development.
The Report presents a variety of sustainable development projects realized during the last year by youth university societies, research institutes, NGOs, and other youth-focused organizations with experience in one or more Sustainable Development Goals. Aim of the publication is to provide young people and innovators from both the Mediterranean shores the recognition needed to scale- up their innovative proposals at both regional and international levels, by also increasing and reinforcing partner’s collaboration within the Network itself.
In Chapter 1, the Youth Solutions Program and its flagship initiative, namely the Youth Solutions Report, are presented, together with the description of the process and content of the Mediterranean Youth edition.
An overview of progress and trends describing the implementation of the SDGs by the Mediterranean region and its countries is also provided, coming to the conclusion that an effective youth participation together with the establishment and strengthening of solid, collaborative partnerships, are vital to fight the COVID-19 crisis, boost the United Nations Decade of Action movement and actively contribute to share common policies, practices and solutions.
Chapter 2 gathers and illustrates all the chosen projects, showcasing a total number of 29 innovative solutions submitted in April 2021 during the opening of the call for project applications.
Among them, 23 projects have been specifically developed by institutions belonging to the Mediterranean countries, whereas 6 projects have been designed and implemented by youth organizations located outside the Mediterranean region. The latter have been considered as well because valuable and replicable examples of sustainable development solutions to be taken into account by local entrepreneurs and other relevant stakeholders.
According to the main challenges faced by each project, all proposals have been organized into 4 thematic areas:
∙ Education, training and awareness; ∙ Nature conservation;
∙ Youth action and health, and
∙ Sustainable business
A comprehensive analysis of their structure and contents has been also laid out, focusing on the problems, solutions, and impacts on specific Sustainable Development Goals.
Chapter 3 offers an overview analysis of the projects, illustrating the geographical background of the participating youth-led organizations, the main SDGs addressed, the different project phases, the funding aspects and the relevant challenges and needs.