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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THE PASSAGE OF THE CROSS FROM PANAMA TO LISBON FOR GMG 2023

Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on the occasion of the Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe. At the end of the celebration there was the passage of the symbols of the World Youth Days, the Cross and the copy of the Salus Populi Romani Icon, from the representation of Panamanian youth to Portuguese youth, for Gmg 2023 to be held in Lisbon: initially scheduled for 2022 and postponed for the pandemic.
"For years - explains the dicastery for the laity, family and life - the Cross and the Salus Populi Romani Icon have accompanied the preparations for the international editions of the Gmg: the delivery of symbols to the young people of the diocese that hosts the Day always took place at the end of the celebration of Palm Sunday presided over by the Holy Father in St. Peter's Square. This tradition dates back to 1984 when, at the end of the Jubilee Year of the Redemption, Pope John Paul II entrusted young people with the Jubilee Cross, known today as the Cross of the Gmg, since then at the center of every international edition of the Days.
In 2003 the Holy Father also offered young people a copy of the Icon of Maria Salus Populi Romani, which supports the Cross in its pilgrimages around the world ". The Mediterranean Foundation and the Anna Lindh Italy Federation support
Gmg 2023.

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THE FONDAZIONE MEDITERRANEO AND THE ANNA LINDH ITALIA FEDERATION PARTICIPATE IN THE STREAMING EVENT "THE ECONOMY OF FRANCESCO"

It was an honor for the Fondazione Mediterraneo and for the Anna LIndh Italy Federation (which groups more than a thousand organizations engaged in dialogue and solidarity) to participate in "The Economy of Francesco": the meeting with young economists wanted by the Holy Father, which took place from 19 to 21 November 2020.
Given the health emergency in the world caused by Covid-19, the organizing committee has decided to celebrate the international event entirely online, with live and streaming links with all members and speakers.
Pope Francis has sent an important video message.
The president of the Michele Capasso Foundation underlined the importance of the initiative and the confirmation of two concepts on which the Fondazione Mediterraneo was born thirty years ago, in 1990: "transforming Love for power into the Power of Love and acting with generosity through solidarity".
The next meeting, in person, will always be held in Assisi and is scheduled for autumn 2021, when health conditions will allow everyone to participate.
The organization of the The Economy of Francesco 2020 event in the online version allowed all young people registered to participate in the meeting in the same conditions, to share the lived experience, work, proposals, and reflections gained in recent months in the 12 villages.
The Committee is working to create an innovative, participatory and global follow-up that preserves the peculiar elements of "The Economy of Francesco" (group work, plenary and parallel sessions with keynote speakers, Franciscan spirituality, artistic performances, exhibitions) enriching it with the opportunities and languages ​​that the digital event offers.
"The Economy of Francesco" is a movement of young people with faces, personalities, ideas that moves and lives all over the world for a more just, inclusive and sustainable economy and to give a soul to the economy of tomorrow. The world needs the creativity and love of the participants who, as artisans and producers of the future, are weaving the Economy of Francis.
In the video message, the Pope stressed that the "Economy of Francis" meeting is not a point of arrival "but the initial thrust of a process" that we are invited to live "as a vocation, as a culture and as a pact".

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FORUM OF THE UNION FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN: "WOMEN ACTRESSES OF DEVELOPMENT"

The Fondazione Mediterraneo, protagonist of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership since 1990, participated in the Forum of the Union for the Mediterranean "with the theme" Women Actresses of Development ".
The webinar event is included in the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the "Barcelona Process"
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THE FONDAZIONE MEDITERRANEO AND THE FEDERAZIONE ANNA LINDH ITALIA PARTICIPATE IN THE MASTER CLASS AGAINST RACISM AND DISCRIMINATIONS

As part of a collaboration between UNESCO and the Musée, UNESCO launched in November 2019 a series of Master Classes for secondary-school students.
Conceived as spaces for dialogue, they aim to empower young people by strengthening their understanding and capacity to combat discrimination, intolerance, and growing inequalities, as well as promote sustainable impact by engaging youth to become proactive agents of change and trainers within their own schools and communities.
This special edition of UNESCO’s Master Classes against Racism and Discriminations is organized within the framework of World Philosophy Day. It invites young secondary school students to question the prejudices and social stereotypes that lead to racism and discrimination through the critical study of the construction of "the other".
The analysis of racism as a philosophical object will lead these students to deconstruct the concept of "race", decompose their preconceived ideas and adopt innovative anti-racist strategies that they can then implement in their institutions and communities.
In doing so, this Master Class will underline the enduring value of philosophy for the development of human thought for each individual and culture and will support us in the building of a more respectful and tolerant society through collectively exercising reasoned and informed thinking.

Agenda:

  • Introduction of the Master Class by Ms Anna Maria Majlöf, Chief a.i. Inclusion and Rights Section of UNESCO
  • Presentations and interactive discussions with students:
    • Mr Arnaud Demanche, Comedian
    • Prof. Carole Reynaud-Paligot, Historian, sociologist, University of Pantheon-Sorbonne 
    • Prof. Lazare Ki-Zerbo, Philosopher
    • Prof. Rose Boswell, Executive Dean of Arts at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
    • Mr Sanele Xaba, Activist and founder of the Rolled Sleeves Outreach Programme
    • Moderator: Ms Arleen Pimentel, Permanent Delegation of the Dominican Republic to UNESCO
  • Dialogue session to create commitments to be implemented in schools and communities (intervention by the Fondazione Mediterraneo and the Federazione Anna Lindh Italia)
  • Closing remarks
  • Musical interludes by Ms Paloma Fayet 

Objectives of the Master Class:

  • Empower young people, through this peer-learning forum, by strengthening their understanding and capacity to combat racism and inequalities;
  • Shed light on what underlies issues of racial prejudice and discrimination, and understand how and why they are spread online and offline, in the media, in public space and in all spheres of life;
  • Engage youth to become proactive agents of change and trainers within their own schools, families and communities for a sustainable impact;
  • Inspire policymakers, at the global, national and local levels, community leaders and teachers, to pursue collective efforts in their fight against racism and discrimination.

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