MeET Forum 2019 – «International Cooperation and Solidarity»

The international event of the MeET Forum (Mediterranean-Europe-Transnationalism), now in its seventh edition, is back. The MeET Forum is an annual meeting promoted by Caritas Diocesana Agrigento and the Mondoaltro Foundation, its operating arm, with the aim of deepening the geopolitical dynamics in the Mediterranean area and for the promotion of the European Voluntary Service. The initiative, held annually in the spring, is aimed at young adults, students and pastoral workers, and wants to be an opportunity for discussion on what is happening in the world, in order to promote a culture of peace.

Today the Forum is a true international meeting attended by young people from different Mediterranean countries, interested in tackling geopolitical issues of common interest on both sides of our sea. Over the years the initiative has seen the participation of young people from foreign countries such as Tunisia, Greece, Albania, Portugal, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain.

The seventh edition of the event, organized in collaboration with the Caritas Sicilia Regional Delegation, will take place in Agrigento at the headquarters of the Mondoaltro Foundation in via Barone 2A, Friday 31 May 2019. The theme chosen this year is “International Cooperation and Solidarity” ; wants to be a moment of discussion on the important role that cooperation projects have had to date in the path of building peace and promoting integral human development. But also the opportunity to reflect on the future prospects of cooperation, also thinking about the risks, in a world in constant change.

The event will begin at 09:30 with institutional greetings; the first session will host the thematic workshops divided by macro geopolitical areas (Europe, Africa, Middle East), held by some trainers from the world of cooperation. From the second session onwards, the Stories of International Cooperation will follow: stories and reports presented by the trainers of the thematic laboratories, who will offer a testimony of the experience of their organization in a given geopolitical area. The event will end at 18:30 with greetings from the director of Caritas Diocesana Agrigento, Valerio Landri. The initiative is designed, as usual, for a youth target made up of young adults who work in social or international relations or are in any case interested in dialogue between cultures. But the event will also see the involvement of pastoral workers from all Sicilian dioceses. The Forum is open to a limited number of participants (max 100 people), to encourage the exchange of ideas and experiences in laboratory dynamics.