Young leaders from the Middle East visit Catalonia
As part of a collaboration agreement with the Peres Centre for Peace
In the framework of a cooperation agreement with the Peres Centre for Peace, the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia organised the visit of 6 young leaders from Israel, Palestine and other areas of the Middle East. The participants were chosen jointly by the Council and the Yala Young Leaders programme of the Peres Centre, with headquarters in Jaffa (Israel).
Last week, this group of people committed to peace in the Middle East, met with representatives of the Catalan Government Generalitat, the City Council of Tarragona and with young representatives from diverse Catalan institutions and organisations, in order to get a first-hand insight into the political, social and economic situation in Catalonia. They furthermore got acquainted with different ways to manage multiculturalism and Catalonia’s commitment to peace.
Meetings of this kind also provide a space to facilitate dialogue and personal exchanges, which are impossible or difficult to establish in the territories or home countries of the participants. In this sense, the young leaders used the meetings with the different Catalan representatives to transmit their vision of the Middle East conflict, and of the strategies they think are most appropriate for reaching a peace scenario in the region.
The participants gave very positive evaluations of the encounters and of the opportunity to get to know good practices, which could also potentially be implemented in their respective countries.
The Shimon Peres Centre for Peace is an independent non-government organisation founded by the Nobel Prize Laureate and current President of Israel, Shimon Peres. Its objective is to promote Peres’ vision in the Middle East, consisting in making existing groups work together to build peace through socio-economic cooperation, development and interaction of people.
The objective of the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia is to inform about Catalonia internationally using public diplomacy tools. The International Visitors Programme is a key tool in public diplomacy to strengthen personal, professional and institutional relations between the civil societies of different countries.
Last updated: 31 July 2014