FROM JAPAN: INVESTIGATING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM TO COMBAT COVID 19

The Fondazione Mediterraneo - with authoritative members of the Scientific Committee (first and foremost Prof. Corrado Perricone) - continues its meticulous action of investigation and information on the evolution of Covid 19 and on treatments to reduce its harmful effects.
Started in February 2020, this initiative of the Fondazione Mediterraneo is taking on concrete importance as it becomes a point of reference, especially in the countries of the Southern Shore of the Mediterranean.
In recent days, members of the Foundation invited to Japan have stressed the importance of knowledge of the immune system in order to manage treatment and anti-Covid 19 vaccines, especially Novavax, in a more analytical and "ad personam" manner. This is summarised in the article published in various newspapers today.

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THE MUSEUM CELEBRATES THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HUMAN BROTHERHOOD

The "Second International Day of Human Brotherhood", established by the UN General Assembly after the historic meeting in Dubai between Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Cairo Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, was celebrated at the Museum of Peace - MAMT.
President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso summarised the Holy Father's message and emphasised how the human and spiritual charisma of Pope Francis was united in a historic embrace in Dubai with that of the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, recalling the meeting between St Francis and the Sultan of Egypt Malik al Kamel in Damietta, which opened the way for dialogue centuries later.
"The meeting, which took place from 3 to 5 February 2019," Capasso said, "was full of significance: the first time of Pope Francis' visit to the Arab Emirates, but also the first Pope in history".
On 4 February 2019, during the Holy Father's trip to the United Arab Emirates, Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar (Cairo), Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, signed the Document on Human Brotherhood for Peace, which also gave rise to the International Day of Brotherhood called by the UN for 4 February.
"Remembering this celebration - concluded Capasso - means carrying it in our hearts and we are called to live it in the first person, letting the spirit of respect, dialogue, tolerance and fraternity prevail, to face the great world crisis, and in our own small way, we must bring hope and suitable, innovative and effective tools to get out, as brothers, from this prolonged pandemic, a real challenge for humanity!
Everyone, without distinction, has been affected, and if on the one hand the pandemic has put us all on the same level, without any religious or political differences, on the other hand it has increased poverty in many peoples, it has allowed wars and abuses of power to continue on their way, at the expense of poor people, sometimes claiming a religious war that does not exist, but is dictated only by the logic of power".

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THE FOUNDATION CONGRATULATES PRESIDENT MATTARELLA ON HIS RE-ELECTION

President Michele Capasso, the members of the Governing Board, the members of the International Scientific Committee and the representatives of the detached offices in the various countries express their satisfaction with the re-election of Sergio Mattarella as President of the Italian Republic.
In particular, the support from the beginning of his first mandate for the Mediterranean Foundation and the irreplaceable values of freedom, democracy and social justice was emphasised.

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FEAST OF SAN GIOVANNI BOSCO AT THE MUSEUM OF PEACE

On the occasion of the Feast dedicated to St John Bosco - in compliance with the anti-Covid 19 regulations - numerous initiatives were held at the Museum of Peace: meetings of youth groups, visits to the emotional paths dedicated to Don Bosco, common prayers in the Chapel with the relics of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello.
On this occasion a Holy Mass was celebrated with a moment of prayer and reflection on Don Bosco's work for young people.
President Michele Capasso recalled the significant moments of the establishment of the WORLD SALESIAN ORATORY with the visits of the Rector Major Don Angel Fernandez Artime and the Mother Superior of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians Yvonne Reungoat.

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ANNIVERSARIES AT THE MUSEUM: TEN YEARS SINCE THE DEATH OF OSCAR LUIGI SCALFARO

Today at the Museum of Peace, President Michele Capasso and some members of the Foundation's Board of Directors and International Committee commemorated Oscar Luigi Scàlfaro on the tenth anniversary of his death.
In particular, they underlined the support of the President of the Republic Scàlfaro (December 1997) to the project of the "United States of the World" and to the action of the Foundation in favour of peace and dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean area.

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NOT TO FORGET: THE MEMORIAL DAY AT THE MUSEUM

As every year - in strict compliance with anti-Covid 19 regulations - the Museum of Peace held various events with school students (connected in DAD) and selected groups of visitors on the occasion of the 2022 "Day of Remembrance". In the Israel Room - inaugurated by Shimon Peres - various videos were screened, some of them unpublished, on the Shoah and the deportation of the Jews to the various concentration camps.
There was particular emotion and participation in the testimonies of Andra and Tatiana Bucci during their visit to the Museum of Peace. Their story is moving: daughters of Jewish mothers, in 1944 - when they were only 6 and 4 years old - they were deported to Auschwitz and survived.
Today Tatiana lives in Brussels, while Andra lives between the United States and Europe. On this occasion, the book "Sergio's Story" by Alessandra Viola, Andra Bucci and Tatiana Bucci was presented: the story of their Neapolitan cousin who died in the concentration camps.

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ANNIVERSARIES AT THE MUSEUM: THE CENTENARY OF GIOVANNI VERGA'S DEATH

A great influx of links and contacts on the multimedia platform of the Museum of Peace  - MAMT for the centenary of Giovanni Verga's death. President Michele Capasso, in connection with various schools and in DAD, recalled the figure of the great writer and playwright Giovanni Carmelo Verga di Fontanabianca (Catania, 2 September 1840 - Catania, 27 January 1922) who was also an Italian senator, considered the greatest exponent of the Verismo literary current.
Of noble birth, he lived in an environment of liberal traditions. He initially devoted himself to writing adventure novels, influenced by the works of his father Dumas, and later to others with a passionate theme, including Storia di una capinera, which was quite successful. He moved to Florence in 1869 and then to Milan where he frequented literary circles and met Arrigo Boito and Giuseppe Giacosa. The novella Nedda marked his conversion to Verismo, which led him to write his most complete work, I Malavoglia, in 1881. Together with Mastro-don Gesualdo in 1889, they constitute two of the most remarkable novels in Italian literature.
"Verga's new verist conception," said President Capasso, "placed the hinge of the literary work on the 'disappearance' of the author, making sure that in the narrative the facts developed on their own, as if by spontaneous necessity. Verga's language is rough and bare as a reflection of the world he represents, made up of both poor people as in I Malavoglia, and rich people as in Mastro-don Gesualdo, all of whom are in any case "defeated" in the daily struggle of life".
The writer also worked in the theatre, scripting some of his novellas, the most famous of which is Cavalleria rusticana, later set to music by Pietro Mascagni. Verga became a Senator of the Kingdom in 1920 by appointment of King Vittorio Emanuele III.
In the Museum's library - opened according to strict anti-Covid-19 rules - various Verga texts are available.

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PEACE DAY IN UKRAINE AT THE MUSEUM

A choral and convinced adhesion of the Fondazione Mediterraneo and its president Michele Capasso.
The Pope's call to pray for peace in Ukraine has not gone unheard.  This evening at 7:15 p.m., there will be a video connection from the Museum of Peace with the Holy See's Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, who will preside over a special prayer for Ukraine in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, together with the Community of Sant'Egidio.
The prayer will also unite the cardinals and bishops gathered in Rome for the Permanent Council of the Italian Bishops' Conference. President Capasso, from the Don Bosco Chapel, announced that the Salesian missionaries inform that, "since the crisis in Ukraine became acute, the young people of the Salesian Oratory in Kiev have gathered in shifts of one hundred at a time for 309 evenings to recite the three Hail Marys and to share a goodnight thought in the style of Don Bosco".

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WORLD PIZZA DAY AT THE MUSEUM

The "World Pizza Day" took place at the Museum in full compliance with Covid 19 regulations.
In the Museum's pizzeria, old recipes using sourdough were re-prepared, while on the large video walls on the five floors it was possible to enjoy the complete edition of the emotional video "THE BREAD AND THE ART OF THE PIZZAIUOLO".

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2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE "WATER, MEGACITIES AND GLOBAL CHANGE"

The Fondazione Mediterraneo took part in the "th International Conference on "Water, megacities and global change" (EauMega) co-organized by the Division of Water Sciences of UNESCO and ARCEAU IdF (Association Research Communities in the field of l'EAU Ile de France), in collaboration with the Métropole du Grand Paris and the Interdepartmental Syndicate for Sanitation of the Parisian Agglomeration (SIAAP) from January 11 to 14, 2022, online.
UNESCO’s Division of Water Sciences and ARCEAU-IdF (Association of the Water Professionals, Researchers, Decision Makers And Elected officials from the Paris Metropolitan Area) are co-organizing the Second International Conference on Water, Megacities and Global Change (EauMega), in collaboration with the Greater Paris Metropolis and the Greater Paris Sanitation Authority (SIAAP, Syndicat Interdépartemental pour l’Assainissement de l’Agglomération Parisienne) on 11-14 January 2022, online.
The involvement of young people is of particular significance.
The Assembly of Mayors and Governors also took place on 14 January 2022.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

  • To produce a scientific and technical overview of water management in Megacities in order to identify and update the most important issues.
  • To strengthen the dialogue between science and policy actors at local level.
  • To activate the cooperation platform of the Megacities Alliance for Water and Climate (MAWAC) by concretizing the exchange of their expertise in the specific field of water and climate.
  • To review the Strategic Global Framework of MAWAC, prepared by the Working Group of UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP).

EXPECTED OUTPUTS

  • Publication of the 15 best papers in a high-level international scientific journal in open access.
  • UNESCO electronic publication of the Proceedings of the conference in open-access Youth.
  • Declaration and Call for Actions for water and climate change in Megacities.

In his speech, President Michele Capasso recalled the commitment of the Fondazione Mediterraneo for water since its creation in 1990 and the collaboration with UNESCO that has taken place on several occasions such as the "World Water Days".

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