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 "United States of the World" organized and participated in various cities on 5 continents in the "56th World Day of Peace" bringing the 35-year experience of the "Peace is action" program.
On this occasion the Secretary General prof. Michele Capasso recalled the words of Pope Francis in his message entitled: No one can save themselves alone. Starting again from Covid-19 to trace paths of peace together.
"St. Paul constantly exhorts the community to be vigilant, seeking goodness, justice and truth: "Let us not sleep like the others, therefore, but let us be vigilant and be sober" (5:6). It is an invitation to stay awake, not to lock ourselves up in fear, pain or resignation, not to give in to distraction, not to be discouraged but instead to be like sentinels capable of staying awake and seizing the first light of dawn, especially in the darker. Covid-19 has plunged us into the middle of the night, destabilizing our ordinary life, turning our plans and our habits upside down, overturning the apparent tranquility of even the most privileged societies, generating disorientation and suffering, causing the death of many of our brothers and sisters.
… Certainly, having experienced first-hand the fragility that distinguishes human reality and our personal existence, we can say that the greatest lesson that Covid-19 leaves us as a legacy is the awareness that we all need each other, that our greatest treasure, albeit even more fragile, is human brotherhood, founded on the common divine sonship, and that no one can save himself alone. It is therefore urgent to seek and promote together the universal values ​​which trace the path of this human brotherhood. We have also learned that the trust placed in progress, technology and the effects of globalization has not only been excessive, but has turned into an individualistic and idolatrous intoxication, undermining the desired guarantee of justice, concord and peace. In our world that runs at 2 speeds, very often the widespread problems of imbalances, injustices, poverty and marginalization feed ills and conflicts, and generate violence and even wars.
… While, on the one hand, the pandemic has brought out all of this, on the other we have been able to make positive discoveries: a beneficial return to humility; a downsizing of certain consumerist claims; a renewed sense of solidarity that encourages us to get out of our selfishness to open ourselves to the suffering of others and their needs; as well as a commitment, in some cases truly heroic, of many people who have spent themselves so that everyone could better overcome the drama of the emergency. From this experience came the stronger awareness that invites everyone, peoples and nations, to put the word "together" back at the center. Indeed, it is together, in fraternity and solidarity, that we build peace, guarantee justice, overcome the most painful events. The most effective responses to the pandemic have in fact been those that have seen social groups, public and private institutions, international organizations united to respond to the challenge, leaving aside particular interests. Only the peace that comes from fraternal and selfless love can help us overcome personal, social and global crises".

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The "United States of the World" promoted the "International Volunteer Day" in various cities on 5 continents:
The president of the Commission "Volunteering and human rights" Giuseppe Lumia stated in his message:
“Modern volunteering is a concrete experience that deeply marks life. Heal ourselves from a thousand evils that often brutalize us: apathy, loneliness, boredom, selfishness, indifference. It also exalts the beautiful virtues that, digging, digging, we all have inside and that we often overlook: proximity, desire to do, gift, gratuity, dedication, altruism, ability to "emerge from difficulties together." Modern and organized volunteering is also the right experience to cure the ills of society which are unfortunately many: hatred, discrimination, violence, wars, inequalities, climate change, but also disengagement towards each other and towards the social and environmental context.
In fact, modern and organized volunteering promotes participation, sharing, planning, fraternity and relationships.
This is why modern and organized volunteering brings into play high democratic and political profiles in a participatory way that wants to remove the causes of the discomfort or marginalization to which we passionately dedicate ourselves.
My teacher and brotherly friend, Luciano Tavazza, has always testified: "not heroes, but citizens". That's no small thing, especially in these troubled times.
I recommend reading two books: "The city of joy", by Dominique Lapierre, whose disappearance we mourn today, and precisely "Not heroes, but citizens", by Luciano Tavazza.
I also remember the link to sign the appeal to the President of the Republic - prepared by the Luciano Tavazza association, connected to the "United States of the World" - to relaunch the role of organized volunteering".

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