THE FONDAZIONE MEDITERRANEO AND THE ANNA LINDH FEDERATION ITALY PARTICIPATED IN THE SEVENTH EDITION OF "ROME MED - DIALOGUES MEDITERRANEANS"

The Fondazione Mediterraneo and the Anna Lindh Italy Federation participated - with their representatives - in the seventh edition of "ROME MED - MEDITERRANEAN DIALOGUES": the annual high-level initiative promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and ISPI (Italian Institute for International Political Studies) with the aim of rethinking traditional approaches to the area by integrating analyses of current challenges with new ideas and suggestions and to draw up a new "positive agenda", addressing shared challenges at both regional and international levels.
This year's edition was dedicated to a positive agenda for the Mediterranean between transition and signs of recovery.
Launched in 2015, MED has rapidly become the global hub for high-level dialogues on the wider Mediterranean, involving prominent leaders from Mediterranean governments, business, civil society, media and academia.
Past editions have brought together more than 1,000 international leaders, including Heads of State and Ministers (among them, the King of Jordan, the Iraqi and Lebanese Presidents, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, the United States. Secretary of State, UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Envoy for Syria, as well as the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the first Vice-President of the Commission and many others).
The Italian Institute for International Policy Studies (ISPI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank that provides cutting-edge research and viable policy options to government officials, business executives and the general public who wish to better understand international affairs. Founded in 1934 in Milan, ISPI has always taken a pragmatic approach to the analysis of geographic areas and issues of particular interest to Italy and Europe. ISPI is the only Italian institute - and one of the few in Europe - that combines policy-oriented research with an equally significant commitment to education and training, to conferences and consulting on international trends.
The four pillars
Rome MED is based on four pillars: shared prosperity, shared security, migration and civil society and culture. Discussions on these themes aim to complement analyses of current challenges with new ideas and suggestions for increasing economic cooperation, overcoming regional rivalries and conflicts, and ensuring that the right incentives are put in place for sustainable development.
President Michele Capasso, connected from the Foundation's headquarters, recalled the Foundation's 30 years of activity in the Mediterranean when very few people were interested in the issue and relaunched the UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD project.

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EUROMESCO EVENTS

Many significant events are organised by the "EUROMESCO" network, of which the Fondazione Mediterraneo is a member.

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THE FONDAZIONE MEDITERRANEO CELEBRATES MEDITERRANEAN DAY

The Fondazione Mediterraneo - protagonist of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership born with the Barcelona Process on 28 November 1995 - celebrated in various countries - in Italy in Naples and Rome - the Day of the Mediterranean.
Mediterranean Day is celebrated on 28 November with the aim of promoting a common Mediterranean identity, fostering intercultural exchanges and embracing the diversity of the region. It was also established to give greater visibility to the daily efforts of organisations and citizens to strengthen cooperation and integration in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
Mediterranean Day takes place on the anniversary of the Barcelona Process held in 1995, which marked the beginning of a shared commitment by Euro-Mediterranean countries to transform the region into a common space of peace, stability, socio-economic progress and dialogue among peoples, also leading to the establishment of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) in 2008. Mediterranean Day is celebrated in the countries of the Mediterranean basin, including the Member States of the European Union.

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THE AMBASSADOR OF AFGHANISTAN ZEKRIYA VISITING THE PEACE MUSEUM

The Ambassador of Afghanistan in Italy Khaled Ahmad Zekriya, welcomed by the President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso, visited the Museum of Peace - MAMT expressing great appreciation for a unique initiative.
Ambassador Zekriya thanked President Capasso and the Fondazione Mediterraneo for their constant action for dialogue and peace and for the aid given to the Afghan population even at this difficult time.

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SIGNING OF THE ITALY-FRANCE TREATY AT THE QUIRINAL. PRESIDENT CAPASSO: A SIGNIFICANT STEP TOWARDS THE UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and French President Emmanuel Macron signed the "Treaty for Enhanced Bilateral Cooperation" at the Quirinale, in the presence of the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, and the Italian and French delegations. At the end of the ceremony, President Draghi and President Macron made joint statements to the press at Villa Madama.
President Michele Capasso stressed that this treaty is a first significant step towards the United States of the World. Responding to journalists, he said:
"Usually diplomats deal with treaties and they are often drafted as if they were a photocopy of each other. The Italy-France treaty, on the other hand, should be known because it is peculiar, it goes beyond the interests of diplomacy and concerns everyone. In essence, it involves the general interest of the two Countries and, in general, of Europe. Country. The "Treaty of the Quirinale" may affect the history of relations between Italy and France and the very future of Europe. Italy and France, two countries so close but often so far apart. This "Treaty" takes the path of integration in the most important sectors of a country's life: from security to technological innovation, from justice to the economy, from education to social and sustainable development, even in the extremely delicate sector of agriculture, in which Italy and France have often been in competition. But the added value is that this treaty is not closed, i.e. 'bilateral', as we say in diplomatic jargon. Instead, it is open to Europe and aims, mind you, not at defending the current intergovernmental, i.e. federal, structure, but at building a Europe that is finally federal, the one that young people dream of, the one we need, the one that the dramatic challenges of globalisation in the time of the pandemic require of us: the "United States of Europe" and the "United States of the World".

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INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON THE THEME: TWENTY YEARS AFTER 9/11 AFGHANISTAN BETWEEN REGIME CHANGE AND TRANSFORMATIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM

The international meeting on "Twenty years after 11 September, Afghanistan between regime change and transformations of the international system" was held at the headquarters of the Fondazione Mediterraneo and the Museum of Peace. Speakers included the Ambassador of Afghanistan to Italy Khaled Ahmad Zekriya, the President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso and Roberto Paura of the Italian Institute for the Future.
On this occasion, the various problems facing Afghanistan and possible solutions were analysed.
President Michele Capasso recalled the Foundation's many initiatives in favour of Afghanistan since 1990 and the need to reach out to the UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD to bring the case of Afghanistan to due attention.
Ambassador Zekriya thanked President Capasso and the Fondazione Mediterraneo for their constant action in favour of dialogue and peace and for their aid to the Afghan people even at this difficult time.

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THE AMBASSADOR OF AFGHANISTAN ZEKRIYA JOINS THE UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD

After a presentation by the President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to Italy, Khaled Ahmad Zekriya, joined the project of the United States of the World that the Fondazione Mediterraneo - based on an intuition of Gustavo Rol - is carrying out with the adhesion of many countries.

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THE AMBASSADOR OF AFGHANISTAN ZEKRIYA SUPPORTS THE WORK OF MARIO MOLINARI

The Ambassador of Afghanistan in Italy Khaled Ahmad Zekriya, welcomed by the President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso, visited the Museum of Peace - MAMT and, in particular, the section dedicated to "Molinari, sculptor of colour".
There was particular emotion in front of the Totem for Peace: the monumental work by Mario Molinari, symbol of the United States of the world.

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THE FOUNDATION CELEBRATES IN SEVERAL CITIES THE "INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN"

The Fondazione Mediterraneo - together with the Anna Lindh Italia Federation, the Kimiyya programme and the Museum of Peace - MAMT - celebrated in Naples and in other Euro-Mediterranean cities the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This event was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations through resolution number 54/134 of 17 December 1999.
The United Nations General Assembly," President Capasso reminded the many women present at the Museum of Peace, "designated 25 November as the date of the anniversary and invited governments, international organisations and NGOs to organise activities on that day to raise public awareness of the problem of violence against women.
The date of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women also marks the beginning of the "16 days of activism against gender-based violence" preceding World Human Rights Day on 10 December each year, initiated in 1991 by the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) and supported by the United Nations, to highlight that violence against women is a violation of human rights. This period", said President Capasso, "includes a number of other significant dates, including 29 November, Women Human Rights Defenders Day (WHRD), 1 December, World AIDS Day, and 6 December, the anniversary of the Montreal Polytechnic massacre, when 14 female engineering students were killed by a 25-year-old man who claimed he wanted to fight feminism".
In many countries, such as Italy, the colour displayed on this day is red and one of the symbolic objects is red women's shoes, lined up in squares or public places to represent the victims of violence and feminicide. The idea came from an installation by Mexican artist Elina Chauvet, Zapatos Rojos, created in 2009 in a square in Ciudad Juarez, and inspired by the murder of her sister by her husband and the hundreds of women kidnapped, raped and murdered in this border town in northern Mexico, a hub of the drug and human trafficking market. The installation has since been replicated in many countries around the world, including Argentina, the United States, Norway, Ecuador, Canada, Spain and Italy. The campaign in Italy is being carried out in particular by the Anti-Violence Centre and women's associations working in the field of violence against women.
And it was precisely red that welcomed the many visitors - in compliance with the anti-Covid 19 rules - who came to the Museum. There was great emotion in the Marrakech Room, where the walls are lined with the blank footprints of violated women whose stories can be seen on the Museum's video wall screens.

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MUSEUM'S BRAILLE SIGNAGE EXTENDED

With co-financing from the Campania Region, the Museum of Peace - MAMT has extended its braille signage, becoming one of the most advanced museum sites: 56 new plaques have been installed, in addition to the large plaque dedicated to the United States of the World, which now enriches the emotional paths for the blind.
Among the first visitors was a group of Tunisians with some blind people who complimented the quality of the Braille language.

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