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 Federation Anna Lindh Italia non-profit organization have launched a heartfelt appeal to young people for the protection of the earth and for the fight against desertification.
Meetings and debates were held at the Museum of Peace - MAMT - in compliance with the security measures dictated by the pandemic - with the participation of a selected number of primary school students sensitized on the issues of fighting desertification and safeguarding the planet.
In order to raise awareness among governments, organizations and individuals about collective responsibility for the sustainable use of water and to prevent desertification and drought, the United Nations General Assembly in 1995, with Resolution A / RES / 49/115 , chose June 17 to celebrate the World Day against Desertification and Drought. On the same day, in 1994, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) was adopted in Paris, ratified by 200 countries. The aim of the Convention is to mitigate the effects of drought through international cooperation activities and partnership agreements in the most affected countries, particularly in Africa. The strategies put in place focus on improving soil productivity and sustainable management of land and water resources. According to a UNCCD study, we lose 24 billion tons of fertile land every year and 15 billion trees every hour, and 1.5 billion people derive their livelihood from land that is at risk of desertification. The practices considered unsustainable are monocultures, the use of chemicals and excessive grazing.
Various initiatives are planned all over the world on the occasion of the Day.
Italy ratified its membership of the UNCCD in 1997, both as a donor country and as a country affected by desertification. The National Drought and Desertification Committee (CNLSD) was established in 1997 by the Ministry of the Environment with the task of coordinating the implementation of the Convention in Italy. The Inter-ministerial Committee for Economic Planning (CIPE) in 1999 adopted the National Action Program for the fight against drought and desertification, which identifies the strategies to be implemented both at state and regional level to combat desertification and drought in Italy. In particular, the program is spread over four sectors: soil protection, sustainable management of water resources, reduction of the impact of production activities and rebalancing of the territory.
According to Legambiente, the regions at high risk are Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise, Puglia, Sardinia and Sicily. The situation is particularly serious in Sardinia, where the danger of desertification affects as many as 52% of the regional territory, of which 11% already affected
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On the occasion of the celebration of the 15 years since the establishment of the "Moroccan Agricultural Engineers Association" (AMEIA), an important forum is held in Rabat on the theme "Precision agriculture in the face of climate change: ways of adaptation and financing strategies".
The Mediterranean Foundation and the Anna Lindh Italy Federation - always sensitive to the issues of agriculture in its sustainability - participate and support this meeting as an example of good practice in the Mediterranean to promote, among other things, the digitalization of agriculture for a sustainable agriculture, economically competitive and interested in the protection of environmental resources.
This year, under the auspices of the Hassan ll Agronomic and Veterinary Institute and the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, the forum hosts six other forums in parallel representing the different sectors , demonstrating the enormous wealth and multidisciplinarity.
Through conferences, exhibitions and workshops, the forum is a place for exchange, learning, meeting between engineering students, engineers, guests and high-level companies
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The Fondazione Mediterraneo, the Federazione Anna Lindh Italia and other member organizations and associations celebrated the Women's Day at the Museum of Peace - MAMT with a special guest from Romania.
Despite the restrictions due to the spread of the coronavirus, thanks to the video conferencing systems present in the various floors of the museum, it was possible to connect with various Euro-Mediterranean countries and, in particular, with those participating in the "Kimiyya" program launched in 2017 by the Mediterranean Foundation.
President Capasso thanked the women of the various countries that collaborated and, in particular, all the women involved in the front line in the treatment of the patients caused by the spread of the coronavirus epidemic
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The Pontifical Academy for Life, Microsoft, IBM, FAO and the Italian Government are among the first signatories of the "Call for an AI Ethics", a document created to support an ethical approach to Artificial Intelligence and promote between organizations, governments and institutions a sense of shared responsibility with the aim of guaranteeing a future in which digital innovation and technological progress are at the service of human genius and creativity and not their gradual replacement.
The first signatories of the Call thus express the desire to work together, in this context and at national and international level, to promote an "ethical algorithm", ie the development and use of Artificial Intelligence according to the following principles, fundamental of a good innovation: Transparency, in principle artificial intelligence systems must be understandable; of Inclusion, the needs of all human beings must be taken into account so that everyone can benefit and that all individuals can be offered the best possible conditions to express themselves and develop themselves; Responsibility: those who design and implement Artificial Intelligence solutions must proceed with responsibility and transparency; Impartiality: do not create or act according to prejudice, thus safeguarding human equity and dignity; Reliability: Artificial Intelligence systems must be able to function reliably; Security and privacy: Artificial Intelligence systems must function safely and respect user privacy.
First signatories: Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life (sponsor of the initiative); dr. Brad Smith, President of Microsoft; dr. John Kelly III, IBM Executive Vice President, dr. Dongyu Qu, Director General of FAO, Minister Paola Pisano for the Italian government. Dr. Davide Sassoli, President of the European Parliament

The Fondazione Mediterraneo and the Federazione Anna Lindh Italia shared and adhered to the document by sharing the content and purposes. President Michele Capasso, present at the event, underlined the importance of this initiative and thanked Msgr. Paglia for promoting it.
After the signing ceremony, Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia read the address addressed to the participants by Pope Francis
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