As an exemplary municipal initiative in the Arab World for its contribution to urban human development, the Youth and Culture Center (YCC) – Zouk Mikael participated in the Lebanese and Jordanian civil society forum sponsored by the Euro-Med Anna Lindh Foundation Network on December 6, 2012.
The forum gathered 40 non-governmental and civil society organizations at the Dead Sea Spa Hotel, Jordan under the title of Empowering Civil Society for Citizenship: “DAWRAK – Citizens for Dialogue” and was organized by the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies in Jordan in collaboration with the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO.
Aiming to empower civil society for a more engaged and active citizenship, the forum encourages sharing experiences and initiating exchanges and collaboration between Lebanese and Jordanian NGOs supported by the European Union under the flagship of Euro-Med activities.
Keynote speakers such as Imma Roca Cortes, Head of Politics, Press and Information Section at the EU delegation in Jordan, Dr. Nabila Hamza, President of the Foundation for the Future, Marc Jessel, British Council Country Director, Sylvia de Fonti of the Theatro Valle Occupato and other European development experts shared ideas, concepts and funding opportunities.
YCC was hosted for a testimonial about its successful and innovative municipal human development initiative. Director Eliane Fersan highlighted the role of YCC in promoting youth engagement in municipal work as active citizens in addition to volunteering and developing youth oriented policies at the local government level in addition to supporting the local creative industry. A leader in urban human development, Zouk Mikael was recognized as one of the top 30 worldwide leading cities and awarded a certificate of excellence for its efforts and initiatives by the international organization Metropolis and the United Cities and Local Governments a UN affiliated organization at the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Development last November.