THE FONDAZIONE MEDITERRANEO AND THE ANNA LINDH ITALIA FEDERATION CELEBRATE WORLD HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

With a series of webinar events - held at the headquarters of the Museum of Peace - MAMT in Naples, at the headquarters of the Fondazione Mediterraneo in Rome and in other locations where members of the "Anna Linsh Italia Onlus Federation" are located - the "World Day of human rights".
The slogan chosen for the 2020 edition is "Recover Better - Stand up for Human Rights".
The focus has inevitably been on the pandemic and the need to ensure that human rights are at the heart of recovery efforts.
"People and their rights - wrote United Nations Secretary General António Guterres - must be at the center of responses and recovery. December 10 is the occasion - concludes Guterres - to reaffirm the importance of human rights in the reconstruction of world we want, the need for global solidarity, as well as our interconnectedness and shared humanity ".
"Universal reference frameworks such as health coverage for all are needed to defeat this pandemic and protect us for the future", underlined the president of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso at the end of his speech. The crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic has increased poverty, increased inequalities and discrimination, highlighting gaps in the protection of human rights. This is why, on the occasion of this Day, the Foundation and the Anna Lindh Italia Federation onlus wanted to share a programmatic manifesto to address the main critical issues that emerged strongly in this 2020:

  • end discrimination of all kinds: structural discrimination and racism fueled the crisis. Equality and non-discrimination are fundamental requirements for a post-Covid
  • world tackling inequalities: it is necessary to promote and protect economic, social and cultural rights for a new social contract encourage participation and solidarity: from individuals to governments, from civil society and grassroots communities to the private sector, all have a role in building a better post-Covid world for present and future generations
  • promoting sustainable development: human rights, the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement are the cornerstones of a recovery that leaves no one behind

World Human Rights Day is a supranational celebration held around the world on December 10 of every year. The date was chosen to commemorate the proclamation by the United Nations General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948.
The formal establishment of the Day took place during the 317th global meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on December 4, 1950, when Resolution 423 (V) was promulgated, inviting all member states and all organizations involved and interested to celebrate the day in the way that suits them best.
The Day is one of the flagship events on the calendar of the United Nations Headquarters in New York and is honored with high-profile political conferences and cultural events such as exhibitions or concerts on the subject of human rights. Furthermore, on this day the two most important awards on the subject are traditionally awarded, namely the five-year United Nations Human Rights Prize, awarded in New York, and the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo; in addition to these awards, many other international, non-governmental, civil and humanitarian organizations all over the planet choose this day for significant events: among them the “Fondazione Mediterraneo” and the “Anna Lindh Italia Federation onlus”
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ANNIVERSARY AT THE MUSEUM: 100 YEARS AFTER THE BIRTH OF CARLO AZEGLIO CIAMPI

The twenty-second anniversary is dedicated to the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.
Many students connected to the multimedia portal of the museum where - in the section “The great protagonists of history” - videos, images and documents on the President of the Republic so dear to Italians are available.
President Michele Capasso recalled the friendship between President Ciampi and Predrag Matvejevic' - co-founder of the Fondazione Mediterraneo - and the support given to the institution since the beginning of his presidential term.
The Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic Antonio Maccanico has always personally brought the message and the support of President Ciampi to the most significant initiatives of the Foundation. The President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella recalled Carlo Azeglio Ciampi stating: "The Italian Republic, on the centenary of his birth, pays tribute to his figure as a citizen who has placed his skills, his ideals, his passion, at the service of democracy and the Constitution, deserving esteem and gratitude. The cohesion and unity of the country, the drive for the union of Europe, were the permanent guidelines of his action, in every role he covered, in the most delicate passages and even in the moments of greatest difficulty that he had to face. He was animated by his profound confidence in the values ​​of our country's civilization and in his ability to take the most far-sighted decisions, overcoming the most demanding challenges. Ciampi's determination in wanting to associate Italy with the leading group that wanted the birth of the euro still contributes to the credibility capital enjoyed by the Republic at an international level ", concluded the Head of State.
One hundred years after its birth, Rai has remembered and celebrated it with a dedicated schedule on all radio, TV and web networks and newspapers: events broadcast on the external video walls of the Museum of Peace - MAMT and which involved passersby and all those connected webinar. A memory that joins other initiatives such as the stamp issued by the Ministry of Economic Development and disseminated by the Italian Post Office, a conference in Livorno, and the docu-film “Ciampi. Bella la mi 'Livorno ”signed by Marco Guelfi and co-produced by
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THE FONDAZIONE MEDITERRANEO CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF THE FIRST CIVIL FORUM EUROMED

The Fondazione Mediterraneo, established in 1990 to promote dialogue and cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean area, was the protagonist of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership, when few spoke or were interested in the issue. In particular, he participated and organized the Barcelona 1995 events (Ministerial Conference and Euromed Civil Forum) which launched the Euro-Mediterranean partnership under the name of the “Barcelona Process”.
The First Euromed Civil Forum took place in Barcelona in the same place and immediately after the end of the First Ministerial Conference which kicked off the Barcelona Process, also known as the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, i.e. the common European strategy for the Mediterranean region. This process was initiated by the European Union, which at the time had 15 member states, and by 12 other states in the region during the Barcelona conference which met on 27 November and 28 November 1995 at the Hotel Juan Carlos I. The United States attended the conference as observers. Subsequently, after the enlargement of the European Union in 2004, Malta and Cyprus which participated in the process as third countries, became part of the process as members of the European Union.
The First Euromed Civil Forum was co-organized by the Fondazione Mediterraneo and the Institut Català de la Mediterrània and more than 1,500 representatives of Euro-Mediterranean countries participated in that event. The Foundation also published the proceedings in multiple languages ​​and oversaw the presentations of the results to the European Parliament and other institutions.
The milestones of an initiative that is still indispensable for peace and shared development in the region were recalled at the Fondazione Mediterraneo in Naples - linked to the webinar with Barcelona - The Foundation then organized other Euromed Civil Forums, including those of Naples in 1997 and 2003
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THE FONDAZIONE MEDITERRANEO AND THE ANNA LINDH ITALIA FEDERATION PARTICIPATE IN THE SIXTH EDITION OF "ROME MED - MEDITERRANEAN DIALOGUES"

The Fondazione Mediterraneo and the Anna Lindh Italia Federation participated - with their own representatives - in the sixth edition of "ROME MED - MEDITERRANEAN DIALOGUES": the annual high-level initiative promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and by ISPI ( Italian Institute of International Political Studies) with the aim of rethinking traditional approaches to the territory by integrating the analysis of current challenges with new ideas and suggestions and to draw up a new “positive agenda”, addressing shared challenges both at regional and international level.
This year's edition was essentially dedicated to the effects of the pandemic on the Mediterranean region.
Launched in 2015, MED has quickly become the global hub for high-level dialogues on the broader 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 President, the Foreign Ministers of Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, United Arab Emirates United States, United States Secretary of State, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Envoy for Syria, as well as EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and First Vice-President of the Commission and many others).

The Italian Institute of International Political Studies (ISPI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank that provides cutting-edge research and workable policy options to government officials, business executives, and the general public who want to better understand international issues. Founded in 1934 in Milan, ISPI has always adopted a pragmatic approach in the analysis of geographical areas and topics of particular interest for Italy and Europe. ISPI is the only Italian Institute - and among the few in Europe - that combines policy-oriented research with an equally significant commitment to education and training, conferences and advice on international trends.
In particular, the Institute is the main Italian forum for debate on international affairs and promotes international events including annual conferences (such as Rome MED), bilateral dialogue forums with France, Germany, Switzerland and Russia and closed-door meetings for an audience selected. In 80 years ISPI has built a vast network of think tanks in Europe and around the world and since 2014 it has been the think tank that represents Italy in the Think20 (T20), an advisory body of the G20.

The four pillars
Rome MED is based on four pillars: shared prosperity, shared security, migration and civil society and culture. Debates on these issues aim to complement analyzes of current challenges with new ideas and suggestions to increase economic cooperation, overcome regional rivalries and conflicts and ensure that adequate incentives for sustainable development are set in motion
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THE FONDAZIONE MEDITERRANEO CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF THE BARCELONA PROCESS

The Fondazione Mediterraneo, established in 1990 to promote dialogue and cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean area, was the protagonist of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership, when few spoke or were interested in the issue.
In particular, he participated and organized the Barcelona 1995 events (Ministerial Conference and Euromed Civil Forum) which launched the Euro-Mediterranean partnership under the name of the “Barcelona Process”.
The Barcelona Process, also known as the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, is precisely the name used to indicate the common European strategy for the Mediterranean region. This process was initiated by the European Union, which at the time had 15 member states, and by 12 other states in the region during the Barcelona conference which met on 27 November and 28 November 1995 at the Hotel Juan Carlos I. The United States attended the conference as observers. Subsequently, after the enlargement of the European Union in 2004, Malta and Cyprus which participated in the process as third countries, became part of the process as members of the European Union.
The milestones of an initiative that is still indispensable for peace and shared development in the region were recalled at the Fondazione Mediterraneo offices in Naples, Amman and Marrakech - linked webinars with Barcelona
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ANNIVERSARY AT THE MUSEUM: 20 YEARS AFTER THE DEATH OF MARIO MOLINARI

The twenty-first anniversary is dedicated to the twentieth anniversary of the death of the sculptor Mario Molinari.
Many students connected to the multimedia portal of the museum where - in the emotional path “Mario Molinari” - videos, images and, above all, the works of the “Sculptor of Color” so dear to young people are available. President Michele Capasso recalled the friendship with the Molinari family since 1995, the experience of the Biennial of young artists from Europe and the Mediterranean in Turin, the "Totem of Peace" - which the Foundation with Pia and Jacopo Molinari is spreading all over the world - and the other monumental works that characterized the life of the great Turin sculptor.
A memory that joins other initiatives such as the next "Totem of Peace" on the island of Lampedusa, the monumental work "Concerto di parole" in Turin for "Artist's Lights 2020", initiatives for young people
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THE FONDAZIONE MEDITERRANEO PARTICIPATES IN THE FORUM "TECHNOLOGICAL AND DIGITAL DEVELOPMENTS, WHICH OPPORTUNITIES FOR TUNISIA?"

President Michele Capasso participated in the webinar forum organized by the Political Academy and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung on the theme "Technological and digital developments, what opportunities for Tunisia?".
Participants included Mustapha Mezghani, expert in digital economy and public policy and Coordinator of the URS Digital and Digital Transition at the Tunisian Institute of Strategic Studies (ITES), who greatly contributed to the success of this fruitful discussion webinar. The experts intervened:

  • Imed Elabed, President of Infotica, Chambre Syndicale Nationale des SSII, CEO of IT Serv & Keeplina;
  • Sofiene Hemissi, Director of Information, Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment, expert at the Tunisian Institute of Strategic Studies, ITES;
  • Amel Saidane, President of Tunisian Startups CEO & co-founder of the Tunisian startup Betacube

At the end of this webinar, Ms Doghri thanked on behalf of the Political Academy Forum, Prof. Dr Mohamed-El Aziz Ben Achour, member of the FOAP Scientific Council, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and all participants for their involvement and the richness of their participation in the debate.

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THE DAY AGAINST VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN CELEBRATED AT THE MUSEUM. THE PARTICIPATION OF KIMIYYA WOMEN

With many webinar links women representing various fields - politics, culture, religion, volunteering, education, science, etc. - members of the KIMIYYA program of the Fondazione Mediterraneo celebrated the "World Day against violence against women" at the Museum of Peace - MAMT. The women members of the “Anna Lindh Italia Federation” participated.
It was the UN assembly in 1999 that chose this date in memory of the sacrifice of the sisters Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa Mirabal, killed by agents of the dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. But what is the story of the Mirabal sisters? To find out, we need to go back to 1960. On November 25 of that year, in fact, three sisters were killed by agents of the dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, in Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic.
After being stopped in the street on their way to prison to visit their husbands, they were beaten with sticks and thrown into a ravine by their executioners, who tried to put the brutal violence through an accident. It was immediately clear to public opinion that the three women had been murdered. Patria, Minerva and María Teresa Mirabal - these are their names - were, in fact, known as activists of the clandestine group Movimento 14 giugno, disliked by the government. Because of their militancy, in January 1960, they were also arrested and jailed for a few months, as the page dedicated to their history published in the Encyclopedia of Women recalls
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THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF "THE UNITED STATES OF EUROPE" CELEBRATED AT THE MUSEUM OF PEACE

Webinar celebrated at the Museum of Peace - MAMT the twenty-fifth anniversary of the "UNITED STATES OF EUROPE" program, launched by the Mediterranean Foundation on November 25, 1995. When it was born thirty years ago, in 1990, the Mediterranean Foundation launched the first idea of ​​the Manifesto on "THE UNITED STATES OF EUROPE". After 5 years, on 24 and 25 November 1995, he organized the international conference "THE MEDITERRANEAN AND EUROPE" in Naples with the Appeal for Europe and the Mediterranean presented to the Euro-Mediterranean Foreign Ministers who met for the first time in Barcelona.
The conference was held under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic and with the patronage of the UN was conceived, organized and directed by the Fondazione Laboratorio Mediterraneo. Collaborated: the Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies; UNESCO; UNICEF; the Embassies of Albania, Bosnia, Cyprus, Lebanon, Morocco and Spain; the Consulates of France and Germany; the Campania Region; the WWF; Greenpeace Mediterranean; the Carabinieri Ecological Operational Unit; the Turin Book Fair; the Faculty of Art and Science of Rome; the Municipalities of Bari, Genoa, Imperia, Turin, Trieste, Sarajevo and Naples; the Orient Occident Foundation; the Italian Association of Environmental Pathology and Ecology; the University of Naples "Federico II"; the Department of Eastern European Studies of the Oriental University Institute of Naples; the University of Palermo; the La Sorbonne University of Paris; the Institute of the Arab World of Paris; the Department of Studies of Naples; the Committee of Information and Initiatives for Peace of Rome.
President Capasso underlines the relevance of the Appeal because even today, in this difficult moment due to the pandemic, the need for the UNITED STATES OF EUROPE is felt, especially in strategic areas: foreign policy, common defense, health protection, the economy, transport, etc. “Among the dearest memories - concludes the president Capasso - the certificates of esteem of dear friends, such as the great journalist Igor Man, the writer Claudio Magris and others
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“ALL UNITED WE WILL SING”. THE FONDAZIONE MEDITERRANEO CELEBRATES THE FORTY YEAR OF THE IRPINIA EARTHQUAKE

La Fondazione Mediterraneo - with webinar, skype and videoconferencing links - wanted to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Irpinia earthquake which left an indelible mark on the development of Southern Italy and, in particular, of the internal areas.
The Museum of Peace - MAMT made available videos, documentaries and testimonies that accompanied the key moments of the event.
President Michele Capasso duly recalled that day and the tragedy he saw with his own eyes in the following days, when he visited the completely destroyed villages accompanied by fellow architects from the area. And then the solidarity actions, the hospitality in San Sebastiano al Vesuvio of the inhabitants of Conza della Campania and other countries, with a bond that lasts indissoluble over time.
"In this moment of great planetary emergency - said President Capasso - I remember two lessons in similar tragedies: the eruption of Vesuvius in 1944 and the earthquake in Irpinia in 1980. The keystone of the rebirth was not politics, even then steeped in sloppiness, inefficiency and often corruption, but the redemption of people forced to UNITE to ACT TOGETHER: “ALL UNITED WE WILL SING”, my grandfather and father said to the inhabitants of San Sebastiano al Vesuvio entirely destroyed by the lava of 1944; "PRESIDENT PERTINI, GIVE US A MESSAGE OF HOPE TO ACT ALL TOGETHER WITH GENROUS IN SOLIDARITY", said the inhabitants of the Irpinia towns - while they mourned their dead - to our beloved President of the Republic.
Here is the keystone: in tragedies we must take advantage of a feeling of unity and rare generosity in solidarity which on other occasions does not exist and which constitutes the turning point for reconstruction. The other element is SPEED: "FATEPRESTO" was the title of "IL MATTINO" the day after the earthquake. "DO IT HAPPY AND WELL" is the appeal I make to today's politicians, eliminating all divisions and particular interests and winning, for once, competence, passion and honesty. On this we will be judged !.

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