VICENT GARCÉS: “The” citizen diplomacy “as a factor of peace and understanding among the Mediterranean peoples”

The MCA Foundation has attended the Euro-Mediterranean Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions that took place on October 22-23, 2019 in Barcelona with the aim to promote a greater understanding of the main problems affecting organized civil society in the Euromed region and to discuss the common challenges they face. The Summit has brought together 120 participants from a series of economic and social councils, or similar institutions, trade unions, other economic and social interest groups and NGOs from member countries of the Union for the Mediterranean that have addressed key issues such as training, migrations, digitalization and whose treatment has been done from a double perspective: the Mediterranean, which facilitates regional cooperation, and the second, global governance, which has to do with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

In his addressing to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the President of the Mediterranean Citizens Assembly Foundation (FACM), Vicent Garcés, highlighted “citizen diplomacy” as a factor of peace and understanding among the Mediterranean peoples. He has also expressed that the fight against social and economic inequalities in the Mediterranean has to be an urgency for the Euro-Mediterranean public institutions and for the democratic governments of the region. “Only in this way will we advance in social justice by opening a future for youth, today without horizons of progress. ”

Along these lines, the EESC has focused on addressing “the role of institutions, as a guarantee of social rights, as an element of security for sustainable economic development, and also of the essential participation of civil society in the design of the measures to implement these objectives ”.

The recommendations of the Mediterranean Euro Summit 2019 will be sent to the political authorities of the countries involved in the Euromed Ministerial Summits, as a contribution of civil society to their work.