This year, the 23rd edition of the “World Forum for Child Welfare 2012” took place  at the Stazione Marittima in Naples from 26-29 November. It was organized by the IFCW under the patronage of the President of the Republic  together with Mentoring USA7Italian Onlus and the Albero della Vita Foundation. The World Forum 2012  was supported by the Campania Regional Department for Social Services and the collaboration of the Curia of Naples and General Consulate of the United States of America in Naples. The Fondazione Mediterraneo supported this initiative.

The inaugural ceremony for the WF12 opened with a performance by the musical ensemble “Sanitansamble” and was attended by representatives from international, National, regional  and local institutions: Stefano Caldoro, President of the Campania Region; Luigi de Magistris, Mayor of Naples; Ermanno Russo, Councillor for Social Affairs in the Campania Region; Marco Rossi-Doria, Undersecretary of State for Education, Universities and Research; Gianni Pittella, acting Vice President of the European Parliament; Vincenzo Spadafora, National Guarantor of Childhood and Adolescence; Lorena Rambaudi, Coordinator of the Committee for Social Policies of the Conference of State-Regions; Catriona Williams, President of IFCW; Matilda Raffa Cuomo and Sergio Cuomo, Mentoring USA/Italy Charitable Organization; Patrizio Paoletti, President of the Fondazione L’Albero della Vita.

National and international leaders, experts and representatives of the academic world involved on a daily basis at global level in the protection of minors participated in the 2012 edition, On November 28, a special event was organized entitled: “The person who changed my life”, which is also the title of the book by Matilda Raffa Cuomo. Letizia Moratti, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe,  and the President of Eni Giuseppe Recchi took part.

Michele Capasso, President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo and Pia Molinari, Director of the Youths and Childhood Sector of the Fondazione spoke of the Fondazione’s twenty-year history, and in particular, their activities for childhood (the Mediterranean Observatory for Children’s Rights, the "Rita Allamprese” Mediterranean Award for Children, etc.).

Il Forum si è concluso con l'assegnazione del Premio Mediterraneo Rita Allamprese per l'infanzia a Matilda Raffa Cuomo e delle "Medaglie d'Onore" per l'Infanzia all'assessore delle Attività Sociali della Regione Campania Ermanno Russo, al Presidente dell'International Forum for Child Welfare Catriona Williams e al direttore de l'Albero della Vita onlus Ivano Abbruzzi.

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Matilda Raffa Cuomo receives "The Rita Allamprese Award for Children"

Ermanno Russo reiceives the "Medal of Honor for Children"

Catriona Williams reiceives the "Medal of Honor for Children"

Ivano Abbruzzi reiceives the "Medal of Honor for Children"

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Founded in Finland in 1989, its mission is to improve child welfare throughout the world. The World Forum for Child Welfare is an annual leadership forum that networks with 300 non-governmental organizations operating in the sector for child welfare at international level. In 1995, the IFCW (International Forum for Child Welfare) became a consultative member at the United Nations. This allows members to access the official structures of the UN throughout the world and exchange up-to-date information on child welfare, as well as participate at meetings and sessions of the UN relating to its mission.

“Family, childhood and education at the heart of new challenges for social development: global scenarios, migration and active citizenship” was the theme of four-day programme discussed in Campania by delegates representing organizations from 27 countries around the world (Australia, Azerbaijan, Benin, Burundi, Cameroun, Canada, Congo, England, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Uganda, USA, Wales, Zambia), who participated in the plenary which was addressed by 22 keynote speakers (from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, England, France, Italy, Nigeria, Switzerland, Thailand, USA,) and seminars with 30 workshops leaders..

The World Forum was also attended by the major agencies and international bodies active in the field of policies for childhood and adolescence. These included the Protection of Children Sector of UNICEF; the European Commission DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion; the University of Harvard; International Migration Department, OECD Employment , Work and Social Affairs Directors (Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development); Assistance to Migrants Department, IMO (International Migration Organization); the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund; ACNUR-UNHCR, UN High Commissioner for Refugees; UNIAP, UN Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking; Migration Coordination, DGII, council of Europe; the UN Committee on the rights of children; Eurochild.