EXTRAORDINARY MOMENT OF PRAYER OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

As stated by himself at the Angelus on March 22, 2020, in this time of emergency for humanity, the Holy Father Francis invited Catholics from all over the world to join spiritually in prayer with him today on Friday March 27 at 6.00 pm.
The Holy Father's prayer was followed live through the media and ended with the Eucharistic blessing imparted "Urbi et orbi" through the media.
All those who spiritually joined this moment of prayer through the media were granted plenary indulgence according to the conditions laid down in the recent decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary
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WORLD WATER DAY

Despite the worldwide blockade caused by the "Corona virus", the Mediterranean Foundation and the Museum of Peace - MAMT - through multimedia systems, portals and social networks - celebrated World Water Day with a large community, established by the United Nations in 1992.
The theme of the 2020 edition of the "Day" is the profound link between water and climate change. The goal is to raise awareness of world institutions and public opinion on the importance of reducing water waste and adopting behaviors aimed at tackling climate change.
Climate change, in fact, increases the variability of the water cycle, causing extreme weather events, affecting the quality of the water, threatening sustainable development and biodiversity worldwide. Not only that, the ever increasing demand for water leads to a consequent increase in the need for energy-intensive treatments; in addition, some measures to mitigate climate change, such as the extensive use of biofuels, can further exacerbate the scarcity of water. This is why an integrated approach to climate change and water management must be adopted worldwide as soon as possible. In fact, if you want to create a sustainable future, the management of water resources must be examined through a climate resilience objective.
President Michele Capasso underlined the importance of reflecting on the pandemic of the virus crown to return to protect and safeguard our "common home" and the main resources: first of all water
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MEMORY AND COMMITMENT DO NOT STOP: THE FOUNDATION BY DON CIOTTI AND "LIBERA". A NAME AND A FLOWER IN MEMORY OF THE INNOCENT VICTIMS OF THE MAFIE.

On the occasion of the XXVa Day of Remembrance and Commitment in memory of the innocent victims of the mafias - promoted by Libera and supported, among others, by the Mediterranean Foundation - for the first time in 25 years we are not together to color the squares of Italy.
In these difficult days where it is essential to stay at home, we did not want to let our family embrace the innocent victims of the mafia. And the memory does not stop as the memory of all the innocent victims of the mafias does not stop. March 21 was never an end in itself but always the stage of a commitment that lasts 365 days a year in schools, universities, associations, parishes and wherever citizens live that responsibility for the common good that it is the first antidote to the evil of the mafias and corruption. The innocent victims of the mafias don't just want to be remembered.
They want us to continue their efforts, to fulfill their hopes. Remembering, bringing the lives of people torn from their families back to the heart, realizing, in fact, a right to the name and the memory that has no "civil" but ethical, human, solidarity content: fundamental values ​​of a community capable of building a process of Memory.
For this reason, it was decided to celebrate the day through a social campaign. Through the web and social networks, all the innocent victims of the mafias were remembered, their stories, their names and our closeness to all the family members of the innocent victims of the mafias.
During the XXVa Day of Remembrance and Commitment, Saturday 21 March 2020 starting from 9 am, it was asked to create a flower, choose from the list on the VIVI website the name of an innocent victim of the mafias, take a picture and post it on social media.
So it was.

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PINO DANIELE: THE OFFICIAL "FEELING IS SAFE" POSTPONED

Today the museum would have hosted the official meeting "The feeling is safe", on the occasion of the birthday-name of Pino Daniele.
Many activities planned with the "Pino Daniele Trust", postponed after the "Corona Virus" emergency.
Our thoughts go NOW to the victims and to those who are committed to saving lives.

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PRECISION AGRICULTURE IN THE FRONT OF CLIMATE CHANGE: ADAPTATION METHODS AND FINANCING STRATEGIES

On the occasion of the celebration of the 15 years since the establishment of the "Moroccan Agricultural Engineers Association" (AMEIA), an important forum is held in Rabat on the theme "Precision agriculture in the face of climate change: ways of adaptation and financing strategies".
The Mediterranean Foundation and the Anna Lindh Italy Federation - always sensitive to the issues of agriculture in its sustainability - participate and support this meeting as an example of good practice in the Mediterranean to promote, among other things, the digitalization of agriculture for a sustainable agriculture, economically competitive and interested in the protection of environmental resources.
This year, under the auspices of the Hassan ll Agronomic and Veterinary Institute and the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, the forum hosts six other forums in parallel representing the different sectors , demonstrating the enormous wealth and multidisciplinarity.
Through conferences, exhibitions and workshops, the forum is a place for exchange, learning, meeting between engineering students, engineers, guests and high-level companies
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FRANCESCO'S LESSON: "THE ABYSS OF INDIFFERENCE"

Pope Francis in the homily this morning from Santa Marta called the world to the "ABYSS OF INDIFFERENCE".
We were in Lampedusa on 8 July 2013 when Pope Francis alerted the world to the "globalization of indifference", to our "inability to cry, to suffer with, to share the pain of others".
This morning the Pope took inspiration from the page of the Gospel that tells the episode of Lazarus and the rich man: the first was welcomed by Abraham into Heaven, the second suffered in the underworld pleading with Abraham to take him "to the other side". But Abraham replied "there is an abyss between us".
The Pope highlighted the short circuit between head and heart, between reason and emotion: we are all informed of the miseries and tragedies of the world, of the poor who are beside us but we are all indifferent, immersed in "ABYSS OF INDIFFERENCE".
In this way we lose our identity, lost in a meaningless egoism, we entrust our evaluations "permeated only in the culture of adjectives: the rich, the powerful, the landowner ...".
In this way we are all nameless, insignificant.
Years ago, with our dear Sister Maria Pia Giudici - who disappeared a few days ago - we were commenting on this page of the Gospel and the considerations were similar to those of Pope Francis today.
"Humanity needs a shock - Sister Maria Pia said to me - to take on a NEW POSTURE in life: able to open our eyes and heart to the poor, the needy, the refugees".
And immediately after he stroked some Syrian refugee children hosted in San Biagio.
I believe that the difficulties of these days must make us reflect on how life can change in a single instant and how indispensable it is to "change posture": helping the most needy, respecting the land that welcomes us, sharing the available resources without useless hoarding that they bring, today, 20% of the inhabitants of the earth to own 80% of resources and goods.
The experience of this historical period - unique for many of us - must lead us to review our life even in small daily actions, to transform LOVE FOR POWER into the POWER OF LOVE
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THE FONDAZIONE MEDITERRANEO AND THE ANNA LINDH ITALIA FEDERATION PARTICIPATE IN THE NCCC CONFERENCE

The Fondazione Mediterraneo and the Anna Lindh Italia Federation participate in the NCCC Lisbon Conference dedicated to recent trends, threats and best practices in the field of information security.

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THE MUSEUM OF PEACE REMAINS CLOSED UNTIL 3 APRIL 2020

The Museum of Peace - MAMT remains closed until April 3, 2020 as provided by the Prime Ministerial Decree of April 8, 2020 (art.2, paragraph "d").
The emotional pathways and most of the videos "The Campania of emotions" are available on the porta www.mamt.it and on the "Youtube" channel of the Museum.

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WOMEN'S DAY AT THE MUSEUM OF PEACE – MAMT

The Fondazione Mediterraneo, the Federazione Anna Lindh Italia and other member organizations and associations celebrated the Women's Day at the Museum of Peace - MAMT with a special guest from Romania.
Despite the restrictions due to the spread of the coronavirus, thanks to the video conferencing systems present in the various floors of the museum, it was possible to connect with various Euro-Mediterranean countries and, in particular, with those participating in the "Kimiyya" program launched in 2017 by the Mediterranean Foundation.
President Capasso thanked the women of the various countries that collaborated and, in particular, all the women involved in the front line in the treatment of the patients caused by the spread of the coronavirus epidemic
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THE "CALL FOR AN AI ETHICS" SIGNED: THE FONDAZIONE MEDITERRANEO AND THE FEDERAZIONE ANNA LINDH ITALIA SUBSCRIBE THE DOCUMENT.

The Pontifical Academy for Life, Microsoft, IBM, FAO and the Italian Government are among the first signatories of the "Call for an AI Ethics", a document created to support an ethical approach to Artificial Intelligence and promote between organizations, governments and institutions a sense of shared responsibility with the aim of guaranteeing a future in which digital innovation and technological progress are at the service of human genius and creativity and not their gradual replacement.
The first signatories of the Call thus express the desire to work together, in this context and at national and international level, to promote an "ethical algorithm", ie the development and use of Artificial Intelligence according to the following principles, fundamental of a good innovation: Transparency, in principle artificial intelligence systems must be understandable; of Inclusion, the needs of all human beings must be taken into account so that everyone can benefit and that all individuals can be offered the best possible conditions to express themselves and develop themselves; Responsibility: those who design and implement Artificial Intelligence solutions must proceed with responsibility and transparency; Impartiality: do not create or act according to prejudice, thus safeguarding human equity and dignity; Reliability: Artificial Intelligence systems must be able to function reliably; Security and privacy: Artificial Intelligence systems must function safely and respect user privacy.
First signatories: Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life (sponsor of the initiative); dr. Brad Smith, President of Microsoft; dr. John Kelly III, IBM Executive Vice President, dr. Dongyu Qu, Director General of FAO, Minister Paola Pisano for the Italian government. Dr. Davide Sassoli, President of the European Parliament

The Fondazione Mediterraneo and the Federazione Anna Lindh Italia shared and adhered to the document by sharing the content and purposes. President Michele Capasso, present at the event, underlined the importance of this initiative and thanked Msgr. Paglia for promoting it.
After the signing ceremony, Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia read the address addressed to the participants by Pope Francis
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