2018 (EN)

A delegation of the Fondazione Mediterraneo participated in the celebrations on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.
President Capasso recalled the two meetings with the South African president and the indelible teaching that traced the meaning of the Foundation's life and action.
Of particular importance is the speech given by Barak Obama: the former US president at Wanderers Stadium has launched an appeal for equality, change, hope, tolerance, and inclusion by referring to the values ​​for which he has fought throughout the life of the South African leader, inviting the world to take an example from the Nobel Peace Prize passed away on December 5, 2013.
Obama focused on the inequalities that afflict "many developing countries where riches end up in the pockets of the same people, strengthening the pattern of inequities and fueling corruption". A problem that, according to the former president, emerges even more "in the United States and in Western countries where the economic insecurity of middle-class families, of those who work in factories, on farms has grown. of millions of people are ignored, while few individuals hold too many powers, too much influence in the media and in economic life ".
At the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, the former president invited citizens all over the world to "believe in the facts", with a call for realism and against fake news. "Without the facts there is no basis for collaboration, if I say this is a podium and you say it's an elephant it will be difficult for us to collaborate." Among the crowd, who arrived early in the day to listen to him, there were also distinguished guests including Mandela's last wife, former Liberia president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former UN secretary general, Koffi Annan, and the former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi.