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MEDCOP 21: MEDITERRANEAN CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE

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The Mediterranean Civil Society Forum about climate change will be held on 4 and 5 June in Marseille.
Mediterranean civil society: local authorities, consular & economic chambers, NGO’s, researchers, associations... are gathered to address the challenge of climate change in the Mediterranean area on the occasion of MEDCOP21.
This worldwide civil society forum fits into 2015 Paris Climate Conference - COP21. In the presence of State representatives, the exchanges and debates will contribute to building a real Mediterranean positive agenda in order to reinforce the global efforts made to fight against climate change.
These two days will be built around meetings, round tables & workshops.

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TRAGEDY IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA: THE CALL OF THE FONDAZIONE

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The foreseen tragedy happened in the Mediterranean, which caused the death of more than 700 people who are going to be added to an already long list, has been the topic faced by an extraordinary meeting of the Board of Fondazione Mediterraneo, which is engaged for 25 years in actions of solidarity and peace and which always focused the attention on the migrants problems and the need of a more concrete involvement  by international organs.
This action was already suggested in Lampedusa in 2013, with a promise to Francis Pope: give back dignity to all the people who risk their lives searching for freedom and peace.
The “Monument with the urn of Unknown Migrant”, installed in Naples , is a sign of awareness toward these topics.
The members of the Fondazione made an appeal to President Renzi and European leaders.
The text of the appeal is:
“The bodies without life floating in the sea before our eyes must upset our consciences. These 700 people dead today (the more important tragedy for number of people dead) are going to be added to the thousand of migrants missed in the last years, to the millions of people transferred or exiled in search of dignity and peace: "urbancide" and "memorycide" are perpetrated in so many villages; many lives have been lost forever.
Human sufference mustn’t be replied by words as “I don’t care”: the globalization of indifference, the deny of solidarity, the euthanasia of hope, the dead of brotherhood shouldn’t be part of our culture, because these things kill more than the massacres. The international community should take awareness of the existence of a new nation: that one of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers.
A state without territory, without government, rules, rather a state made by people who need to have a safeguard dignity. Such dignity has been trampled on, annulled, humiliated by wars and desperation.
The protagonists of this Calvary so often don’t have name: there are so many Ahmed, Najlaa, Sumaya, Omar, Mohammed, Abdullah, Fatima and more and more, coming from  different countries and trying to run away from wars, attacks, injustices, hunger, epidemics, human miseries…
Brutality and barbarism shouldn’t be fed by indifference, idleness and negligence.
Let’s throw once again a bottle in our sea, with a common appeal addressed to the remains of our human conscience and we are addressing to You, Leaders of the Europe and the World, a warm appeal: YOU MUST ACT, even if you have not to take in account “Bureaucracy”, in order to set up a strong and clear action which could  aiming at

  1. The organization of an European meeting including also Onu in order to find solutions to stop the death  who transformed Our Sea in a cemetery, also through an European migration law based upon rights and duties and upon the number of migrants in Europe and not only in Italy
  2. The creation of  reception centres in transit territories
  3. The resolution of Libyan situation with a program of country stabilization
  4. The promotion of bilateral agreements between concerned countries

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COMMON RESPONSIBILITY FOR MIGRANTS, FAMILY, WORK, ENVIRONMENT: IN SYNTESIS THE VISIT OF PRESIDENT OF REPUBLIC MATTARELLA TO FRANCIS POPE

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The meeting between the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella and Francis Pope, held in the morning of Saturday 18 April, lasted three hours. The new head of the Republic, elected two months ago, met also the cardinal Pietro Parolin, secretary of the State.

During the meeting, the warm relationship between Holy See and Italy and as a proof of this mutual collaboration can be seen also the ratification of the Convention of Revenue Service. They talked also about other issues as family, instruction, job and especially, migrations. The cooperation of Catholic Church aimed at helping some disadvantageous situations characterizing some fringes of society. And, attention was focused also to the international framework, and the escalation of violence in Oriental Mediterranean area and North-Africa. The two participants affirmed their will to keep on working together both at local and international level, especially for what concerns the promotion and safeguard of religious freedom and dignity of human person.

In the speech given at the presence of exponents of presidential ministry, Francis Pope called attention to «the shared responsibility for the spiritual and material needs of community which everyone of us must serve with dedication and humility». Among the other topics on which the Pope called attention were the family «essential fortress of values and solidarity», the «lack of work», which «for the youth becomes a scream of sorrow», the need of safeguard the environment and the migration «of who, risking their lives, are asking for a shelter. It is clear that the proportion of the phenomenon need a deepest involvement both of Europe and international institutions».

On the other hand, the president Mattarella highlighted the «very special relationship between Holy See and Italy». A relationship, he continued «which dunks its roots in history and territorial proximity» e «goes through respectful relationship », becoming strong through «— he concluded —pope ruleship addressed to global situation and nonetheless, addresses directly to the Italian social, economical and politic reality».

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CAMPANIA TAR IN VISIT TO MAMT

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A delegation from T.A. R., Tribunale Amministrativo Regionale (Campania Administrative Court), visited MAMT Museum praising it and expressing admiration for the collections, video and proofs present in the Museum.
The President Antonio Guida thanked President Capasso for his support to Naples and the Mediterranean, of which the MAMT museum is a testify.

CONFERENCE: "THE ARAB REGIONAL ORDER AND THE RESOLUTIONS OF THE TWENTY-SIXTH ARABA SUMMIT”

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The conference of the Arab Regional Order and the Resolutions of the twenty-sixth Arab summit" was held at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research. Fondazione Mediterraneo supported this initiative..

MEDITERRANEAN PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY PAID HOMAGE TO TOTEM OF PEACE WITH THE URN OF UNKNOWN MIGRANT

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Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (APM) – which under its sphere gathers together the Parliaments of 28 countries of Mediterranean area – paid homage to “Totem of Peace” with the urn of “Unknown Migrant”.
APM General Secretary Sergio Piazzi, during the ceremony deposited in the urn the Participation Statement and High Patronage which was shared unanimously by the Assembly.
In behalf of Parliamentarians from 28 countries the General Secretary expressed the approval for the choise of the Totem location “of high symbolic value because, in the last century, from the same place in front of Naples Maritime Station, millions of people left searching for a brighter future.”
Fondazione Mediterraneo and Port Captaincy – Coast Guard, deposited the urn with the remains of Unknown Migrants on 21 March 2015, day which since several years is dedicated to APM and Mediterranean.
The 28 red flowers which General Secretary Piazzi deposited in the urn are from greenhouses cultivated by migrants and located in terrains got back from the organized criminality.

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MEDITERRANEAN PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY AND FONDAZIONE MEDITERRANEO JOINED ENERGYMED

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Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (APM) –which gathers together 28 Countries of the Mediterranean area- and  Fondazione Mediterraneo (FM) supported and joined the 2015 edition of “Energymed”. APM General Secretary, Sergio Piazzi, and FM President, Michele Capasso, - at the end of the events of 10 April 2015 –expressed both their awareness that the ethical usage of energy sources and their being renewable is one of the crucial elements of social equilibrium and the consequent peace and political stability.

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ENERGYMED – INTERNATIONAL MEETING. TOWARDS THE EURO MEDITERRANEAN PLATFORM: FINANCING FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

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Fondazione Mediterraneo and RIDE –Italian Network for Euro Mediterranean Dialogue, joined the International Meeting dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in Mediterranean, being aware of how much these topics are important in the social peace process and  intercultural dialogue.

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