Nordic-Baltic Dialogue Forum
Anna Lindh Foundation Nordic-Baltic Dialogue Forum on Youth, Gender and Migration
The National Museums of World Culture, the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) network coordinator in Sweden, organised on 8 and 9 September in Stockholm the first Anna Lindh Foundation Dialogue Forum for civil society organisations from the Nordic-Baltic region, namely Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Poland and Sweden.
The Forum gathered more than 75 civil society practitioners in a unique opportunity to network, exchange good practices and lessons learned and share project ideas. The Stockholm Forum addressed the regional challenges in youth, gender and migration, nurturing a culture of dialogue and promoting regional collaboration and knowledge mobility among the members of the Anna Lindh Foundation in the Nordic-Baltic region.
The first day of the Forum was dedicated to "Dialogue towards Action" strategic debates discussing the three themes: Migration and the Role of Civil Society in Fostering Integration and Inclusive Citizenship; Challenging Perceptions through an Alternative Narrative on Gender; and Empowering Youth and Preventing Violent Extremism.
The second day of the Forum welcomed self-organised workshops by network members for sharing good practices and project ideas. In addition, there was a special capacity building workshop on effective communication and visibility to empower the participants to amplify the impact of their civil society actions.
The Forum was an important step for the preparation of the 2016 Anna Lindh Mediterranean Forum which took place on 24 - 25 October in Malta.
The overall feedback received from the participants was very constructive and positive. We would like to build on this experience next year with a possible Nordic-Baltic forum in Helsinki, Nordic-MENA Forum in Stockholm, Nordic training on countering hate speech.
The Forum was organised with the support of the EU Representation in Stockholm (Europahuset), the National Museums of World Culture in Sweden (Världskulturmuseerna), the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Anna Lindh Foundation and in collaboration with Danmission (Denmark), the Estonian School of Diplomacy (Estonia), the Foundation of the Finnish Institute in the Middle East (Finland), the Agency of International Programs for Youth (Latvia), and the International Cultural Centre Foundation (Poland).