THE UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD

The MEDITERRANEAN FOUNDATION, since its creation in 1990 immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall, has taken as one of its main objectives the establishment of the "UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD": from an intuition of Gustavo Rol.
The activities carried out over the last three decades by the Foundation - particularly in the area of the "Greater Mediterranean" - bear witness to a constant and concrete action that, precisely in these difficult times of war and pandemic, is an anchor of salvation to strengthen the spirit of peace and cooperation between peoples.
The adhesions of men and women, organisations and institutions from various countries contribute to supporting the institutional initiative by pursuing concrete objectives and effective means for the defence of the planet, respect for the fundamental rights of the human person, the coexistence of philosophies, faiths and religions, the fair distribution of goods and resources, the union of science and politics for the salvation of humanity and against all wars.

 

The first edition of the Forum 'Verso Sud' (Towards the South), organised by the Minister for the South and Territorial Cohesion and The European House - Ambrosetti, was held on 13 and 14 May 2022 in Sorrento. The aim of the Forum was to present a vision and development agenda for Southern Italy, focusing on its role as a strategic hub and connection platform for Europe in the Mediterranean and Wider Mediterranean macro-area of reference.
The initiative hosted the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, the President of the Chamber of Deputies Roberto Fico, the Prime Minister Mario Draghi, 9 Ministers of the Italian Government, 2 European Commissioners, 5 representatives of the Enlarged Mediterranean Governments, business leaders and opinion makers from the countries of the area, for a two-day debate and networking.
During the Forum, the 'White Paper' on the relaunch of Southern Italy in the European and Enlarged Mediterranean framework was presented.
The President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, Michele Capasso, congratulated the Minister for the South, Mara Carfagna, noting, in a message sent to her, "hopeful synergies" and hoping for fruitful cooperation also in view of the PNRR.
Already in 1990, the Fondazione Mediterraneo - in the context of the United States of the World - presented the "Greater Mediterranean" in Brussels, and in 1997 - in the presence of 3000 delegates and various Heads of State and Government, including President Scalfaro and Shimon Peres - the "Verso Sud" programme, the main points of which, after 25 years, are still consistent with those proposed during the two days in Sorrento.

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With a ceremony followed by Holy Mass celebrated in the chapel dedicated to St. Giovanni Paolo II, the 20th anniversary of the Holy Pope's visit to Ischia was commemorated.
On that occasion he addressed a message of support for the "United States of the World", stating: "Peace is action and the United States of the World that you are building and spreading requires courage and hope, qualities that you do not lack. At the beginning of this millennium, after the fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the last century, your initiative is precious and necessary because it has at its heart the values of the three "A's": Listening, Welcoming, Love.
May God bless you!

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