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The alarm has rang for a Transition in Food and Agricultural. Wake up!

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09 February 2018

The Mediterranean Citizen’s Assembly Foundation (FACM) encourages its members to work with a Transition in Food and Agricultural sustainable, and to publicise their commitments at national and international events.

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Josep Piera: Tornar a Sevilla

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Josep Piera∗

Levante-EMV. 09.03.2019

Tornar a Sevilla

Aquests dies passats he estat a Sevilla, convidat per les fundacions ACM i Tres Culturas a presentar la reedició de l’Antologia poètica d’Ibn Khafaja d’Alzira. Aquesta presentació sevillana estava preparada de fa temps, però els daltabaixos polítics haguts a Andalusia, probablement, l’han anat retardant. En qualsevol cas, l’acte ha tingut rellevància simbòlica, entre altres coses perquè ha estat possible pel patrocini de les entitats cíviques esmentades, i per haver mostrat a Sevilla el valor del nostre patrimoni poètic.

Feia molt de temps, ja dic, que no tornava a Sevilla, la capital andalusa on tot, abans, era una «maravilla», no sols per la rima i per la pluja. Aquests dies passats, si més no, encara no havia arribat la primavera florida i el cel tenia un to grisós que a penes si deixava caure quatre gotes sobre l’asfalt. L’organització havia reservat un hotel a la vora del riu, potser en homenatge al poeta d’Alzira, per al qual el paradís havia d’estar necessariament a tocar d’un riu, per sentir-ne les fragàncies i les humitats més plaents. Sevilla, tanmateix, semblava apagada, tot i que la gent es mostrava amable, somrient i també alegre.

Per a mi, si més no, la presentació d’aquesta antologia trilingüe (àrab, valencià i castellà) en la biblioteca de la fundació Tres Culturas -creada per a mostrar i vindicar les tres tradicions culturals antigues, altrament dites «les tres tradicions llibresques» -digam-ne la llatina-cristiana, l’àrab-musulmana i l’hebrea-jueva- l’he sentida com una fita fraternal o de germanor cultural que tant de bo poguera obrir noves vies de diàleg i de pluralitat en el futur. Una esperança que a alguns podrà semblar ingènua en aquest temps de crispació, de banalitats, de guirigall mediàtic quan no de retòriques inquisitorials.

Una esperança o desig de civilitat que m’agradaria viure i veure florir -que no florir-se- en aquest futur primaveral. Una esperança en el diàleg necessari, de respecte mutu, que ens permeta somiar idees noves des de l’entesa a tots aquells i aquelles que volem viure en pau i en llibertat en la pell de brau que deia Salvador Espriu, en aquella Sefarad, l’Andalus, Hispània plural o Ibèria de tots. Bells somnis de poetes? Potser sí. Però ja em direu on anirem a parar si no sabem fer reals els somnis dels poetes. Dels poetes que canten en llengües diverses amb la voluntat d’entendre’s, de compartir esperances, alegries, fantasies, il·lusions, memòries… Ja em direu, lectors, quin sentit té la vida sense bells somnis.

Este artículo ha sido publicado en el diario Levante-EMV tras la presentación de la antología poética en edición trilingüe de Ibn Khafaja de Alzira en la sede de la Fundación Tres Culturas del Mediterráneo en Sevilla. Un acto que se celebró el pasado 5 de marzo organizado por la Fundación ACM y la Fundación Tres Culturas, y  en el que estuvo el escritor, acompañado del presidente de la FACM, Vicent Garcés y del director de proyectos de Tres Culturas, Antonio Chaves.

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Conclusions of the 13th Annual Parliamentary Assembly of Mediterranean Plenary Session held in Belgrade

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PLENARY SESSION CONSOLIDATES PAM’S UNIQUE LEGISLATIVE HARMONISATION ROLE IN THE EUROMEDITERRANEAN REGION

The 13th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean took place in Belgrade on 21-22 February 2019, hosted by the National Assembly of Serbia.
Some 200 participants, from 26 national parliaments, as well as delegates, experts and guests from regional parliaments, the UN system, WTO, the Council of Europe and other International Organisations, senior members of the Serbian Government, Diplomatic Corps, and representatives of the civil society contributed to the debates that enriched the high-level event. In Belgrade, delegates elected a new PAM Bureau, and Senator Alia Bouran of Jordan has been unanimously chosen to lead the works of the Assembly.

Welcomed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Serbia and the Deputy Speaker, PAM delegates engaged in concrete debates and exchanged views and experiences on regional security, political developments, terrorism, economy, climate change, human rights, and migration. They unanimously adopted the six resolutions presented on these themes, and which provide the strategic framework for the activities of the Assembly in the coming months.

The Assembly praised the commitment of PAM delegates, the Secretariat and the special envoys who, operating throughout the region, thanks to a decentralised structure, provide the Assembly with a unique platform to coordinate with political partners, international organisations, the productive sector, academia and civil society. An expanded office in the Grand-Genève; a PAM Euro-Mediterranean Regional Research Center in Naples, hosted by the Campania Region; and a reinforced liaison in Marseille – all at no cost to PAM – will integrate the existing PAM structures. These allow for a rationale and effective use of the available resources: reinforced partnership with the UN and WTO in Geneva; better cooperation with the NATO Southern Hub and the PAM’s own academic projects in Naples, including the forthcoming MEDCOP 2019; as well as for a regular cooperation in Marseille in view of the Sommet des deux Rives and those key academic institutions with which PAM enjoys a strategic partnership in the areas of agri-food sustainability and youth employment, in cooperation with the PACA and Piedmont Regions.

In regards to the evolution of the terrorist threat, the challenges posed by returning / relocating Foreign Terrorist Fighters were identified as critical areas which need a coherent and harmonised legislative action at the regional level. Particular emphasis was placed on Prevention of Radicalization, and it was agreed to establish a special PAM Committee on Terrorism, chaired by Italy, which will also look at the delicate theme of “youth and prevention”, and this segment will be facilitated by France. Delegates reviewed political and military developments in Syria and Libya, and committed to sustain national reconciliation processes. They also pledged to fully support the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in a spirit of constructive dialogue aiming at a comprehensive peace process, ultimately resulting in the Two-State solution.

On the economy, concern was expressed on the signs of a new recession, and a more active role by the EU was solicited, especially for what concerns SMEs, Startups and vocational training. The dynamic partnership between PAM and WTO was praised and it was agreed to establish a joint WTO/PAM Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Forum on Trade and Investment Facilitation, which will benefit from an annual conference to foster commerce and investments. The next joint conference will take place in Geneva hosted by WTO. Delegates also welcomed the new partnership with OECD. On environment, having the PAM rapporteur attended the COP 24 in Poland, the absolute need for countries to implement, at the legislative level, the provisions agreed on in Paris, was emphasised. The Assembly will also work at reinforcing its Panel on Economy.

Concerning Human Rights, delegates reiterated their commitments to foster and guarantee human dignity and rights in the region. Delegates adopted the UN Principles on Parliaments and Human Rights and endorsed a work-plan, which includes a series of annual seminars in Geneva and Strasbourg for PAM MPs to be fully familiar with the regional context and the Universal Periodic Review processes. On the issue of migration, the debate highlighted the global scope of the phenomenon, and recalled the absolute need for humanity, rule of law, burden sharing, and a pragmatic and coordinated approach rooted in shared responsibility, also in light of the different sensibilities expressed by PAM countries in relation to the Global Compact on Migration.

The laureates of the annual PAM Prize included four individuals from Israel, Lebanon and Syria, and a community from Italy, who with their example operate in favour of peace, stability and humanity, and deserve the admiration and gratitude of the entire Assembly.

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The MCA Foundation promoted at the ARLEM plenary session its commitment to the Euro-Mediterranean Solidarity Movement with the people in exile

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The FACM attends the 10th ARLEM (Local and Regional Euro-Mediterranean Assembly) Plenary in Seville (26-27.02.2019)

At the meeting, the role of municipalities and regions in migration policies  has been underlined, especially the need to increase and improve the participation of institutions that are closer to civil society, both in the definition and in the management of those policies. In this reflection, the representatives of several Euro-Mediterranean public entities begged  at the same time for a better and more decentralized management of the economic resources destined to these policies.

The MCA Foundation has presented and promoted among the participants of the meeting its commitment to the Euro-Mediterranean movement of solidarity with people in situation of exile, project that the MCAF  develops together with their partners AMEL International (Lebanon) and Samu Social International (France).

There has been broad agreement on the need to apply policies regulators of migratory flows with full attention and respect for Human Rights.The meeting was also the occasion to exchange information about the action plans of the MedCités network in which the MCA Foundation is an observer member.

ACM Foundation and Foundation Tres Cultures del Mediterráneo present in Seville the Poetic Anthology of Ibn Khafaja from Alzira

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On March 5, the ACM Foundation in collaboration with the Foundation Three Cultures of the Mediterranean presents in Seville the book Poetic Anthology of Ibn Khafaja from Alzira. It is a trilingual edition (Arabic, Castilian and Valencian) that, thirty years after its first edition in Valencia, means a strong commitment to the approach and visibility of the vast Andalusian cultural legacy. The event will be attended by the translator of the work, the writer Josep Piera, member of the ACM Circle of Valencia and the president of the FACM, Vicent Garcés.

Date: 5. March

Place: Seville, Fundación Tres Culturas del Mediterráneo

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Vicent Garcés at the PAM Plenary: “The adopted resolutions will remain on a piece of paper if the citizens can not make them their own”

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The ACM Foundation, as an observer member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (APM), is attending its 13th General Assembly that is being held in Belgrade (21-22 february), at the headquarters of the Serbian National Assembly.

The president of the FACM, Vicent Garcés has intervened in the framework of the third PAM Commission of the on Dialogue of Civilizations and Human Rights in the Mediterranean. Garcés addressed to the parliamentarians coming from all the countries of the region -which is a historical, human, cultural and political space shared by the FACM-, and pointed out “the need for institutional representatives do not forget that their democratic legitimacy comes from the citizens, noting that the FACM practice citizen diplomacy through dialogue, proposal and action “.

Garcés has alluded to the set of resolutions adopted by the PAM warning that “they will remain on a piece of paper if the citizens and peoples can not be made their own, and that the economic and social inequalities that do not stop growing can be reduced”. 

The president of the FACM has denounced the conversion of the Mediterranean into a cemetery and the need for solidarity with migrants and refugees. “More solidarity and less walls; more HH.RR and less racism and xenophobia”.

The FACM has presented to the attendees 4 key projects for the year 2019: 1) the Master in HH.RR in the Mediterranean that develops in collaboration with the Euro-Mediterranean University Institute EMUI; 2) the meeting on cultural heritage in the Mediterranean to be held in October in Naples; 3) the Euro-Mediterranean movement of solidarity with people in exile, to which more than a hundred international organizations have joined; and 4) the VIII ACM meeting that this year will deal with the situation of youth in the Mediterranean. Both the PAM and the FACM have agreed to reinforce the collaboration as they share the analysis and the different proposals from its scope of action.

During the Plenary Session, in the framework of the Standing Committees, PAM parliamentarians were review the reports and vote to adopt the draft resolutions on the priority issues for the Euro-Mediterranean area, among which, political and security developments in the MENA Region, the new threats represented terrorism, economic cooperation and trade facilitation, as well as a draft resolution on climate change, the Global Compact for Migration and the promotion of Human Rights.

ACM Foundation Representatives at the Charta 2020 workshop: Towards the definition of European public goods

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Representatives from the Rome and Beirut circles of the Mediterranean Citizen’s Assembly Foundation (MCAF) participated to a workshop at the European University Institute (EUI), in February 2019. They contributed to the drafting of the Charta 2020, together with a wide range of European citizens, journalists, academics, …

Charta 2020 is a European project, presented within the Agora Europe (https://agoraeupoliticalspace.wordpress.com/), aiming at building a European political space and defining 20 European public goods (or objects of political desire). This project has been initiated by Rui Tavares and Caterina Di Fazio.

During the workshop, at the EUI, the representatives of the MCAF circles particularly contributed to the section of the Charta 2020 dedicated to migrations. Within this framework, they provided a wide range of inputs including the values promoted by the Euro-Mediterranean Movement of Solidarity with Persons in Exile, in particular the importance of having a human rights-based approach, when it comes to migrations, based on the European pillars of dignity, solidarity and humanity. ACM Foundation and its ACM circles from m Palestine, Beirut, Thessaly, Cyprus and Rome are part of the Euro-Mediterranean Movement of Solidarity with Persons in Exile, launched by Amel Association International (www.amel.org) and Samusocial International (http://www.fundacionacm.org/en/2018/06/05/launching-of-the-euro-mediterranean-movement-of-solidarity-with-people-in-exile/).

As for the Charta 2020, the MCAF circles representatives are currently contributing to its finalization. They will join the Charta’s launching event, in March 2019, in Brussels. The Charta 2020 will then be sent for signature to all the candidates for the European elections which will take place in May 2019.

The Charta 2020 and Agora Europe processes are key contributions in the development of a Euro-Mediterranean citizenship, which is one of the missions of MCAF. Within this framework, the participation of MCAF circles allows citizens to shape the future of the region and to engage with politics on different priorities including migrations, environment, culture, economy, …

ACM Circle of Valencia and the ACM Foundation launched Virginia Luque’s book: “The legacy of Al-Andalus

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The ACM Circle of Valencia and the ACM Foundation organized the presentation of Virginia Luque’s book: “The legacy of Al-Andalus. The Andalusian and Moorish inheritance in the Maghreb “, a book that describes the contributions and cultural influences of Andalusians in the Maghreb, a legacy that has influenced architecture, urbanism, craft traditions, artistic manifestations, language, gastronomy, music, … works and thinking that continue to evolve. This activity counted with the collaboration of the History Museum of Valencia. They accompanied the author at the presentation ceremony Javier Martí, Director of the History Museum of Valencia; Josep Vicent Lerma, curator of the exhibition “L’argila de la mitja lluna”; Antonio Chaves, responsible for programming of the Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foundation and the ACM Foundation director, Lola Bañon.

 

El día 20 de febrero, a las 19 h., la Fundación ACM organizó la presentación del libro de Virginia Luque Gallegós: “El legado de Al-Ándalus. La herencia andalusí y morisca en el Magreb”,  un libro en el que relata las aportaciones e influencias culturales andalusíes y moriscas en el Magreb, todo un legado que ha influido en la arquitectura, el urbanismo, las tradiciones artesanales, las manifestaciones artísticas, la lengua, la gastronomía, la música, …  obras y pensamiento que continúan evolucionando.

Esta actividad se hizo con la colaboración el Museo de Historia de València.

Acompañaron a la autora en el acto de presentación Javier Martí, Director del Museo de Historia de València; Josep Vicent Lerma, comisario de la exposición “L’argila de la mitja lluna”; Antonio Chaves, responsable de programación de la Fundación Tres Culturas del Mediterráneo y  Lola Bañon, directora de la Fundación Asamblea de Ciudadanos y Ciudadanas del Mediterráneo.

Como señaló la autora de la obra, “El legado de Al Àndalus es la herencia asociada a ciudades, paisajes, calles, infraestructuras, arrabales, mezquitas, santuarios, técnicas y artesanías. También un legado de rituales, tradiciones familiares, músicas, alimentos, actividades agrarias, manifestaciones artísticas, creencias, saberes, obras y pensamientos que evolucionan más allá de ámbitos meramente acotados. No sólo como un patrimonio tangible de las tierras donde éstos se asentaron sino como herencia viva, símbolo y evocación en el mundo arabo islámico.” Gracias a todos los ponentes de la mesa, a la autora, y en especial al Museu d’història de València por la cálida acogida del evento.

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ACM Foundation institutional agenda | february 2019

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The ACM Foundation will participate in the annual summit of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean. Belgrade, February 21-22. The ACM Foundation president, Vicent Garcés will intervene on the dialogue of civilizations and Human Rights.

The FACM will attend the 10th Plenary of ARLEM. Seville, February 26-27.

The ACM Foundation will participate in the annual assembly of the Anna Lindh Foundation Spanish Network. València, February 20-21.

ACM Foundation Newsletter | January 2019

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This month, we highlight the starting of our Project “Education in Human Rights as a tool for the inclusion of refugee people”. The ACM Foundation promotes an inclusion guide drawn up byfrom the perspective of refugee people participating in the project and may be used by public administrations, with the support of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. And more news: ACM Circles in action, book launching, ACM Institutional agenda…

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