This policy report presents the results, opinions and main points of the debates arising from the nearly 2,000 actors from the Euro-Mediterranean region participating in the Mediterranean +25 Initiative, thirteen conferences promoted by the Government of Catalonia between June and December 2020 in the framework of the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona Process.
During the conferences, some of the underlying causes and consequences of the current socio-economic, human development, gender-related, governance and intercultural challenges in the region were identified. Different actors spoke on lessons learnt from the past, addressed potential cooperation opportunities in the region and stressed strategic policy recommendations. The COVID-19 crisis context provided the opportunity to focus on the challenges and potential future interactions between partners to overcome critical situations like the one brought about by the pandemic in the region.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.