FEDERATION ANNA LINDH ITALIA - ONLUS

The Federazione Anna Lindh Italia, not-for-profit, shares the aims of the Anna Lindh Foundation: created in 2004 by the European Commission together with the 42 Euro-Mediterranean countries.
The Federation's objective is to promote, support and implement the cultural and social interaction between Italy and the Euro-Mediterranean countries in various fields of action including: art, architecture, archaeology, environment, crafts, youth, women, human rights, migrants, crafts, employment, training, education, education, childhood, sports, interreligious dialogue, legality, music, food culture, empowerment, tradition, tourism, social solidarity, exchanges.
In particular, the Federation intends to implement initiatives in favour of young people, especially aimed at restoring their hope and confidence through the promotion of the "true",the "beautiful" and the "good”

The Fondazione Mediterraneo and the Anna Lindh Federation Italy participated in the International Prayer Meeting for Peace on the theme "Peoples Brothers - Future Earth", promoted by the Community of Sant'Egidio.
On this occasion, the participants signed the "Appeal for Peace".
President Michele Capasso underlined "the importance of the meeting because in this difficult moment, due to the pandemic, it is essential to reaffirm the spirit of brotherhood and union, considering us all together as "Brotherly Peoples" in order to build a "Future Earth". On this occasion, the program "UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD" for the safeguard of creation was re-proposed and - during a meeting with members of the Anna Lindh Federation - the video of the thirtieth anniversary of the Fondazione Mediterraneo was presented.
The Community of Sant'Egidio commented on the event as follows:
"A wind of peace is blowing in the shadow of the Colosseum. Religious and political leaders, united by the meeting "Brothers all, future land" attended the final ceremony and the delivery of the appeal for peace by the children, symbol of the new generations called to build a world of peace.
Believers of all faiths prayed for peace, in different places, and then met again at the Colosseum: it is the "spirit of Assisi" that continues to inspire the interreligious meetings since 1986, when John Paul II brought together the world religions in the city of St. Francis. It is not a ritual, but a reminder that, said the Pope quoting the words of his predecessor Karol Woytila, "peace awaits its makers." Our world, in fact is "forgetting the lessons of World War II" - argues the founder of Sant'Egidio, Andrea Riccardi - and war is "no longer a ghost of the past, but a constant threat."
"We need to "demilitarize the heart of man," sell fewer guns and better distribute vaccines, Pope Francis said forcefully, also recalled by the great Imam Al Tayyeb. Chancellor Angela Merkel, at the head of a country that, after the horrors of World War II, has made "respect for human dignity" the foundation of its constitution, hoped that "this spirit of communion will be reflected far beyond Rome and today's day."
"People are of two kinds: they are either your brothers in faith or your fellow human beings," the pope recalled. It is then necessary to seek peace with "religious and national narratives" as Rabbi Goldschmidt echoed him. The final appeal, read by Afghan refugee Sabera Ahmadi, states that "brotherly peoples and future earth" are in fact "indissolubly linked" and the pandemic "has shown how human beings are in the same boat, bound by deep threads. Hope, then, is in those festive children who today, in the half-light of the Colosseum, greeted the religious leaders. As Andrea Riccardi concluded, in fact, "we are at the appointment of a new world, determined to treasure the painful lesson of the history of women and men, determined to build it with everyone, especially the poor and the young".

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The Fondazione Mediterraneo, the Anna Lindh Italy Federation and other member organizations and associations celebrated Women's Day at the Museum of Peace - MAMT with webinar links in various Mediterranean countries. Despite the restrictions due to the spread of the coronavirus, thanks to the videoconferencing systems present on the various floors of the museum, it was possible to connect with various Euro-Mediterranean countries and, in particular, with those adhering to the "Kimiyya" program launched in 2017 by the Mediterranean Foundation.
President Capasso thanked the women of the various countries who collaborated and, in particular, all the women involved in the front line in the care of the sick caused by the spread of the coronavirus epidemic.

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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 Lindh 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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The creation of the International Mediterranean Day was announced at the end of 2020 to be celebrated on the 28 November, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona Process, which laid the foundations of the UfM. On this occasion, 4 logos of the day were proposed which will be submitted to the vote of the main actors.
President Michele Capasso - who with the Fondazione Mediterraneo has been one of the protagonists of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership since 1990 and one of the main players in the Barcelona Process - expressed his satisfaction with this decision, recalling that the first proposal was approved at "II FORUM CIVILE EUROMED "held in Naples in December 1997. Similarly, Capasso expressed his appreciation for the proposed logos, communicating to the UfM the choice of the Mediterranean Foundation and the Anna Lindh Federation of the first logo depicting the olive branch, recalling a phrase by Braudel that said "the Mediterranean exists where the olive tree grows".

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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
Rai Teche.

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