Report of the Civil Society Forum 2016 - Neighbourhood South

Tuesday 18 oct 2016

Civil Society Forum - Neighbourhood South 2016 (3rd Edition)

Agenda and Reports

Here you will find the detailed agenda. and the report of the forum:

English version

French version

Arabic version

Objectives of the Forum

In continuation of the EU effort to deepen its engagement with civil society, we are glad to share with you the report of the third edition of the Civil Society Forum - Neighbourhood South, that was held in Brussels on 26-27 May 2016.

This initiative is part of the dialogue mechanisms between civil society, the EU and authorities. The Forum aims to offer a platform for action-oriented dialogue on regional agendas in the Mediterranean Region between the different actors with the objective to contribute to policy making and its implementation.

This Brussels gathering was just preceded in April by a preparatory meeting in Jordan with over 80 civil society participants from Southern Neighbourhood countries. This meeting prepared input for the Forum's themes and discussions while also assessing the dialogue initiative's progress.

The Forum was built on three main challenges identified by Civil Society in previous editions:

  • mobility and migration
  • reducing inequalities
  • shrinking space for civil society

Other thematics such as gender, media and CS, counter violence and securitisation, or employability were also covered towards workshops and debates.

It provided the opportunity to find out about the ongoing regional programmes and CSO networks active in the region, in a joint effort to overcome current challenges in the region and developing inclusive responses to them, while hosting a vast range of participants, such as academia, organisations representing Youth, gender and media, individual CSOs and regional networks, from both shores of the Mediterranean.

The organisation thrived to include a balance between nationalities, types of organisations, age and gender representation.

This dialogue forum gathered about 150 stakeholders (CSOs, academics, media, local authorities, international organisations, etc.) and was co-organised, with the expertise of an external civil society expert, by different EU institutions (European Commission: DG NEAR and EuropeAid, the European External Action Service, the European Committee of Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee, with the support of EU Delegations from the 10 countries from the region).

*Countries of the Neighbourhood South: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.