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 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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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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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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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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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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