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MCAF 8. Meeting at MEDINA EN TVE- Spanish public broadcast

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Statement of the mediterranean youth

The Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly Foundation brings together at the Barcelona meeting more than 120 young people from the Mediterranean with experts and members of the network of citizen circles throughout the Mediterranean at the Barcelona meeting.

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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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To sign to declaration please write to>   secretariat@fundacionacm.org

7th FACM Meeting – 2017, Casablanca (Morocco)

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The  Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly Foundation (ACM Foundation / Valencia / Spain) brings together in Casablanca more than 120 experts and members of its network of citizen circles from all over the Mediterranean to discuss the needs and tools of action of the citizenship for peace and progress in the region.The seventh meeting of the ACM Foundation took place between 9th to 12th November in Casablanca, where met representatives of 27 citizens’ circles of this institution, which has a presence in more than twenty countries of the Mediterranean basin and which counted on the intervention of leading experts and representatives of Mediterranean institutions discussing promotion in the field of citizenship, peace and progress in the Mediterranean.

The international meeting dealed with various topics in the context of four agoras of debate in which it has been discussed the xenophobia, radicalization, migration, ethnic conflicts, education, inequalities, sustainable development, citizen participation, particularly lending attention to the role of women and youth.

The ACM Foundation is a citizen network of dialogue, proposal and action, based on the democratic values of freedom, peace and respect for diversity and environmental responsibility. The Citizens ‘Assembly of the Mediterranean was created in 2008 as a citizens’ initiative. The ACM Foundation was formed as a foundation at the end of 2015, and its headquarters were established in Valencia / Spain.

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ADVISORY COUNCIL STATEMENT

MEMOIRE RENCONTRE CASABLANCA 2017

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THE 7TH MEETING IN THE MEDIA:

 

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SOLIDARITY WITH LEBANON International call to donors via AMEL Association International

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SOLIDARITY WITH LEBANON

International call to donors

 

FACM partener, AMEL NGO, non-sectarian and present in Lebanon since 1979, invites all individuals, partners and friends of the association, to contribute to its call for donations.

(Updated 05.08.2020)

Tuesday August 4, explosions destroyed the port of Beirut and several districts of the capital of Lebanon. The human toll of this disaster is tens of deaths, thousands of wounded as well as many missing and displaced. The material damage is enormous and hundreds of thousands of households are affected, finding themselves homeless, food insecure, and destitute – this calls for national mobilization. This disaster that has struck Beirut affects us all gravely, as for months, Lebanon has been facing multiple crises – COVID-19, severe economic downturn and growing humanitarian needs.

Teams from the 25 health and social centers and 9 mobile units of Amel Association International (Amel) are continuing to assess the needs resulting from the disaster, and are implementing an emergency response in the field. Our NGO, non-sectarian and present in Lebanon since 1979, invites all individuals, partners and friends of the association, to contribute to its call for donations.

Locally, AMEL has launched an appeal for donations (food, clothing, etc.) available online: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3595907597109728&id=218029528230902

Internationally, AMEL is calling for donations that will allow to meet urgent needs including:

– Food;

– Protective equipment and medicines;

– Health support;

– Rehabilitation of the affected areas.

 

The links for online donations are:

Amel France: https://www.helloasso.com/associations/amel%20france/collectes/solidarite-avec-le-liban

Go Fund Me: https://www.gofundme.com/f/emergency-fund-for-lebanon

 

We have a duty of solidarity and humanity with Lebanon!

Join 800 workers and volunteers to help Lebanon and its people!

For any questions, contact AMEL by email (info@amel.org) or by phone (00 961 1 317 293).

 

Guide on gender institutionalization by Fatma Boufenik, member of the FACM Advisory Council and the ACM Circle of Oran

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We share the guide on gender institutionalization prepared by Professor Fatma Boufenik, member of the FACM Advisory Council and the ACM Circle of Oran, and which is part of a series of seven guides developed as a result of the training operations carried out by the Pilot Action Program for Rural Development and Agriculture (PAP ENPARD) between 2016 and 2019. The Pilot Action Program (PAP-ENPARD) for rural development and agriculture is a bilateral EU / Algeria program whose general objective is to contribute to improving living conditions by increasing income and employment in rural areas, particularly in the wilayas of Ain-Temouchent, Laghouat, Sétif and Tlemcen.

The development of the guide for the institutionalization of Gender is based on enhanced knowledgeor acquired during the process put in place, as part of the project, seeks to supportproject stakeholders and its beneficiaries by the consolidation and / or construction of know-how in gender equity for achange in knowing how to be expressed in actions and practices in favor of equal opportunities in public policies and in equal access to fundamental human rights by laws and procedures based on the principle of equality which must be taken into account in development approaches because it is no longer possible to ignore that in any society:

• women and men have different needs and opportunities, given theirtheir distinct roles and responsibilities, and given the inequality in access and control of resources;

• women form a disadvantaged group compared to men, in terms of well-being (education, health, income, etc.), in terms of access to and control of the means of production and in terms of power;

• poverty weighs more heavily on women than on men;

• Additional difficulties in terms of accessibility for women in of disabilities with rights already insufficient for all people in a situation handicap;

• violence against women is still tolerated;

• the persistence of discrimination against little girls and violations of their rights is still a reality;

• the fundamental rights of women and the shortcomings for their promotion are not respected;

• this situation of inequality constitutes an obstacle to development, since it limits chances and opportunities of half a population .

Read the guide: Guide_genre_Boufenik_PAP_ENPARD_2019

THE ACM FOUNDATION PRESENTS THE FIRST VIRTUAL RESIDENCE FOR ARTISTS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN

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On July 27, the Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly Foundation  (FACM) presented the first virtual residence for artists of the Mediterranean RAVMED-19. A project promoted by the FACM in cooperation with the Mostra Viva del Mediterrani association and the CREI entity.

Within the framework of global confinement caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, from the ACM circle in Algiers comes the initiative “Virtual Residence for Mediterranean Artists-RAVMED-19”. An initiative that will allow the visibility of artists from the region, as well as students of Fine Arts and artistic baccalaureates. RAVMED-19, still in the prototype phase, has opened a call for artists from all over the Mediterranean who this time will reflect and make artistic productions that deal with COVID-19.

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With an approach that enhances sustainable cultural plurality through a virtual artistic residence and interactive gallery, the initiative aims to break the isolation of artists, foster cooperation and exchange through a digital environment open to all professionals in culture.

This project has been submitted to the Call for Cultural Diversity promoted by UNESCO and has the sponsorship of the FACM to be carried out in the best conditions. VICENT GARCÉS, President of the FACM; participated in the opening ceremony of last July 27, held virtually and with about fifteen selected artists; MARIA COLOMER, President of MVM; AMINA AMARAN, Representative of the Algerian Cultural Center in Paris and the promoter of the project, and member of the ACM circle in Algiers, Zino Seffadj.

The event was televised in Algeria and was attended by members of the ACM circles from six Mediterranean countries cooperating in this initiative, including the circles of Valencia, Algiers, Oran, Casablanca, Palestine, Naples and Sarajevo with more than one twenty institutions and entities linked to them. The final objective of this project is for it to become a permanent platform for dialogue, reflection, promotion, entrepreneurship and artistic exchange in the Mediterranean.

FACM President, Mr. Vicent Garcés addressing at Biennale Habitat World: ” facing the Mediterranean emergency, we should adopt a position of citizens’ resistance”

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BIENNALE HABITAT 2020-2022 – third webinar “HUMAN VALUES AND HUMAN THINKING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN”

 

Thanks’ to the organizers for inviting me, thank you also for giving me the opportunity to speak Spanish. This proves the linguistic and cultural richness of the Mediterranean. The FACM is a non-governmental organization, which, as its name suggests, gathers citizens, on a personal basis. It is a foundation with legal personality established in Spain, in Valencia, which is articulated as a network of 29 citizen circles, that are present in 20 countries of the Mediterranean. It is a citizen network that has 10 years of life and has built throughout its history, an ability to give voice to citizens directly, and has built a  wide network of collaboration with all types of public institutions in the Mediterranean area.  The FACM can be defined as a network of dialogue, proposition and citizen action, shaped around universal values and principles, the values of freedom, democracy, respect for Human rights, tolerance, recognition of diversity and the will to resolve conflicts peacefully. Our foundation as a citizen organization has been developed in a context that is the cradle of three monotheist religions, of great discoveries throughout history in scientific and technique matter, in a sea that Paul Balta (unfortunately now deceased) defined as the cradle of the future (La  Mediterranée  berceau  de  l’avenir). That means the Mediterranean has a present but also a past. The Mediterranean and the peoples who live together in its northern, southern, and eastern rives share centuries of cultural and commercial relationship. These people built their history with words and swords. Sometimes with collaboration and cooperation, and sometimes with war.

We therefore have behind our present, a whole story that Professor Abulafia has characterized, a context that requires a great capacity to observe its development. At that moment, the Mediterranean is full of conflicts. If the Arab springs came offers hope for the future of people, 10 years later, these hopes have either been dashed, or there has even been an involution. We have wars on both sides, we have an EU that does not just define its policies well in relation to this reality of the Mediterranean. The Barcelona process and the Union for the Mediterranean have not yet achieved their objectives. The UpM is in development, but it also does not point to a common space where the integration of the Mediterranean countries is progressing decisively. We have foreign powers, powers from outside the Mediterranean, among which some were present in the twentieth century, ancient powers, colonial powers during the nineteenth century. But now in the 21st century, the old and the new powers are all in the Mediterranean, and setting up spaces of confrontation around interests that are not exclusively those of the peoples of the Mediterranean, but there are interests of all kinds. These powers are fighting in our sea. We have a context that is difficult, complex.

That is why we could say that the Mediterranean is living an emergency. We have an environmental emergency, arising from climate change, arising from extreme pollution of the Mediterranean Sea. A climate emergency that deepens difficulties by water and around desertification, pushing waves of immigration. A social and echo emergency, with growing inequalities between Northern and Southern countries, and even inside each country. We have an emergency exacerbated right now by the pandemic. The pandemic has come to the impromptu and is tensioning all the problems that we already had as a Mediterranean Sea, and in the face of this cluster of situations and this “Mediterranean emergency” sentence. The citizens of the Mediterranean are under double pressure, the pressure of existing conflicts, the pressure of the development of tensions and interests of all kinds that negatively affect them and the difficulty of moving forward in a calm and serene way to create the conditions of progress. As a foundation of Mediterranean citizens, we say that we practice citizen diplomacy, that means, express the willingness to move towards points of integration of the people of the Mediterranean towards a community of Mediterranean people.

But we also look at the enormous difficulties in these developments, so we say that citizenship in the face of an emergency situation like the one we are experiencing is obliged to adopt a position of resistance facing the emergence of the Mediterranean and we must practice citizen resistance. Citizen resistance around values and principles, of objectives that we have been defining, citizen resistance not to give in and accept situations such as the crises of migration flows and refugees and the conversion of the Mediterranean Sea into a cemetery. Before events like these we must put resistance, the will to resist, that is our message, now as a foundation, towards the citizens of the Mediterranean. It is clear that we have on the horizon the need, the obligation to create synergies to seek allies, to make possible alliances, and that World Habitat certainly has to be an axis, of those alliances for the future.

I conclude by saying that there are those who think that the Mediterranean or that the European Union, has its future in Africa and that it is therefore to guide all the external action of the UN UU to Africa as a future to come. It’s a vertical, the vertical UUEE–Africa, we think that this vertical is not enough that we must maintain the horizontal, the horizontal is not to fracture the Mediterranean between east and west, make it possible for the construction of bridges between east and west of the Mediterranean, to make the horizontal, then the Mediterranean is  at the crossroads of the vertical and the horizontal and at that junction where we, the Mediterraneans, are, and it is that crossing that we have to strengthen with that perspective of building a community of peoples.

 

Thank you.

BIENNALE HABITAT WORLD: HUMAN VALUES AND HUMAN THINKING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN REFLECTING ON CHANGES: EMERGING ISSUES AND NEW HORIZONS

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HUMAN VALUES AND HUMAN THINKING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
REFLECTING ON CHANGES: EMERGING ISSUES AND NEW HORIZONS

Webinar Coordinator

Eva Gabriele
Habitat World

Special Guest

Nabil Al Sharif
Executive Director Anna Lindh Foundation
Alexandria, EGYPT

Chairpersons

Clelia De Stefano
Riccardo Marvona
Habitat World

Speakers

Gülsün Saglamer
President European Women Rectors Association (EWORA)
Istanbul – TURKEY

David Abulafia
Professor Emeritus of Mediterranean History in the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College
University of Cambridge – UK

Vincente Miguel Garcés Ramón
President Fundaciòn Asamblea De Ciudadanos y Ciudadanas del Mediterràneo (FACM)
Valencia – SPAIN

Linda Tinio-Le Douarin
Coordinator of the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities (ICCAR – UNESCO)
Paris – FRANCE

Carlo Triarico
President of Biodynamic Agricoltural Association (APAB)
Florence – ITALY

Ornella Urpis
Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Trieste
Trieste – ITALY

Marco Angelo Emanuele
Link Campus University
Rome – ITALY

Concluding remarks

Enrico Molinaro
Secretary General, Italian Network for the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue RIDE-APS, ALF HoN
Rome – ITALY

Message by Ambassador

Enrico Granara
Euro-Med Coordinator, MAECI
(Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation)
Farnesina – Rome

 

 

Ricard and the two shores

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Miguel Àngel Villena. 10.07.2020.

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During the 1980’s the cultural policy of the Valencia’s City Council was based on a defined line named Mediterranean. The creation and the boost of initiatives as the “Mostra de Cine” or the “Trobada de Musica” didn’t answer to any ruler whim or any desire of celebration of the people, but they target the goal of placing the Valencia’s capital as an important city in the Mediterranean environment. Four decades later, some of this projects disappeared during the long populist and conservatory night lead by Rita Barbera, others have been recovered during the last years with Joan Ribo, perhaps with different names, and also new plans which established renovated cultural objectives.

But this strategic bet made during the 1980’s, has been unfortunately dilute by vagueness and indolence. This Mediterranean policy bear the name of Ricard Pérez Casado, mayor of the city during one decade, between 1979 and 1988. Maybe the city, its elites and its neighbours, its political representatives and its social organizations, don’t aspire to a Mediterranean leadership any more. But it’s irrefutable that Pérez Casado remains passionate by the study of a sea which stamps a character to all the natives of its rives. And concerning rives, Ricard just published a clarifying and lucid book, Las desigualdades mediterráneas, reto del siglo XXI (La Catarata) [Inequalities in the Mediterranean, XXI century challenge] which analyses, with a geopolitical focus, the numerous challenges which are facing the people of the northern rive but also and especially the people of the south.

This new intellectual incursion of the ex-mayor in this region proves that the initiatives from the 1980’s weren’t propagandist mannerisms, as some people describe them at this time. On the contrary, it was a preoccupation rooted in a ruler who the next years, held important positions in this geographic area, as UE administrator in the Bosnian city of Mostar, and president of the delegate commission of the European Institute of the Mediterranean. At this point, the last book of Pérez Casado, propelled by the Mediterranean Citizens Assembly Foundation, goes beyond the informative dripping of the migrant dinghies arrivals or the military conflicts in different rives of the sea, to focus him on geography, history, environment and economy, without forgetting the alternatives which he proposes as for the institutions than for the civil society.

This instructive essay has been prepared during several years, either in a loneliness office or a library, but also in the streets of the Mediterranean which have been visited by Ricard during these years. A blending of theory and practice, of read reality and lived experience,  Las desigualdades mediterráneas, reto del siglo XXI offers the tools very useful for every people who desire develop their knowledge of the turbulent waters of our sea. For all these reasons, we have to thank the author, its important effort and highlight its role of writer and ruler. Gregorio Peces-Barba, who died in 2012 and was president of the Spanish congress and rector of the Carlos III University, said that the most important defect of the Spanish rulers was the lack of culture. Obviously nobody could say that about Ricard Pérez Casado.

THE 8th EDITION OF MOSTRA VIVA WILL TAKE PLACE IN COLLABORATION WITH THE PARLIAMENTARIAN ASSEMBLY OF THE MEDITERRANEAN

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Vicent Garcès announce it during the exhibition of the edition 2020 official poster, in the Carme Center’s Chapter house.

The work of Xavier Mestre is a combination of an idyllic Mediterranean picture and the denunciation of the social and cultural problems that are suffering its territories.

This festival will be celebrated between the 1st and the 18th of October with the motto “Mediterranean emergency, the resistance of citizenship”.

This year the Mostra Viva del Mediterrani, which will be the 8th edition of the festival, will be officially support by the Parliamentarian Assembly of the Mediterranean. That has been announced by Vicent Garcés, honorary chairman of the organization, during the presentation of the 2020 edition’s bill, create by the artist born in Alboraia, Xavier Mestre.

The Parliamentarian Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) is an international forum where representants of parliaments from 29 euro-Mediterranean countries, are debating with the objective of improving the social, economic, and cultural conditions of the citizens, in a peaceful environment made of liberty. For Garcés, “It provides democratic legitimacy to the Mostra Vida and increase the international aspect of the festival”.

The official presentation act gathered a lot of representants of the public and private institutions which collaborate with Mostra Viva del Mediterrani, among which Maite Ibáñez delegate counselor for the cultural action, the education, the youth and the development cooperation at the city council of València; but also the deputy director of the Music and the popular culture of the Valencian Institute of Culture, Maragarita Landete.

Cristina Barbero, the new general coordinator of the organization, did not pass up the change to thank the commitment and the collaboration of institutions as the Octubre center, the MuVIM and the Carme center, which according to its General director, José Luis Pérez Pont “ have always been disposed tout help us since the beginning”.

For her part, Maria Colomer, the president of Mostra Viva del Mediterrani, highlighted the fact that despite the restrictions caused by the covid-19, the meeting “will continue to favorize the public shows” although she admit the existence “of a plan B while waiting the evolutions of the events”. Colomer did not pass up the occasion of highlighting the help of the City council of Valencia, the Generalitat and the MCA Foundation, in addition to the collaboration of the Diputacio de València and the book General sub direction, for the fact that “without them, the celebration of this festival would be impossible; she also deicate a part of her speech to Glòria Tello, counselor of the Heritage et the cultural resources because “her commitment is essential to the progression of Mostra Viva del Mediterrani”.

An idyllic picture, which is not closing the eyes in front of the reality

The artist who realized the poster of the Mostra Viva del Mediterrani’s 8th edition, Xavier Mestre, wanted to explain his work before its exposure. According to its own words: the work has different scales. From one perspective, I wanted to highlight the Mediterranean as an element of unification and cohesion, for this reason, I remove the name of the countries while maintaining the aspect of a map. From another perspective I have been interested in an ancient map dating from the 1930s when the Mediterranean basin was represented with an idyllic vision. But it was necessary to nuance this utopian vision because of the serious social, economic and cultural problems that we cannot lose sight; for this reason, with the ambition of developing this project, I always keep in mind the motto of this edition and I wanted to present a Mediterranean Sea, blurred in the cultural globalization and a lot of circumstances which are, in a way, contaminating the common roots of the Mediterranean territories”.

The motto of Mostra Viva 2020 “Mediterranean emergency, the resistance of citizenship”, according to the Vicent Garcès conclusion speech of the event, refers to “all the conflicts which are suffering several neighboring countries, but also now the sanitarian emergency which we all are suffering and knowing”. The 8th edition of Mostra Viva del Mediterrani will run trough between the 1st and the 18th of October 2020

FACM Advisory Council and Governing Board meeting | Solidarity in the Mediterranean in the Post-Covid scenario

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Solidarity in the Mediterranean in the Post-Covid scenario

The FACM’s advisory council and Governing board met on June 12, 2020 electronically to analyze the situation in the region severely hit by the pandemic. Attendees at the meeting, more than twenty experts from fifteen countries in the region considered as priority points putting health and food on the political agenda as common goods that must be protected as rights.

Similarly, the advisory council has analyzed the scope of the region’s social movements calling for social justice. The pandemic has evidenced the importance of returning to local and sustainable production, and the need for solidarity among peoples as the way to overcome this health emergency that produces strong and negative economic, social and political derivatives such as the ever-increasing precariousness and unemployment, especially among women and youth.

The Advisory Council has debated about the theme, the dates and the place where the IX FACM Meeting will be held. We remember that the last Meeting took place in Barcelona, in November 2019, and focused on the situation of youth in the Mediterranean.

Despite the emergency context, the FACM has continued to act as a network for dialogue, proposals and citizen action, as the FACM President, Mr. Vicent Garcés, has pointed out. During the meeting, the message of support from the Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (APM) arrived, designating FACM as the only civil society entity with a presence on the Political Commission of this international organization that represents the parliaments of all the countries of the Mediterranean.

Civic commitment of youth in Mediterranean |AJCM 2020

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On 2018 and 2019, we carried out together a nice action, bringing together thousand of  young people around the Mediterranean area on the theme of sustainable development, through the organization of a “pedagogical cleaning” of our coastline involving more or less one hundred associative structures.

Due to the health emergency caused by the Covid-19, this edition looks a little different but just as exciting. Nous vous proposons de la renouveler cette année lasted 3 days as part of a activity on June 6,7 and 8. There will be online talks, music, workshops and  a great dare : a Plogging challenge, the sport that combines exercise with caring for the environment. All the participants will be sending photos that will be published on the different enabled social networks, and at the end of the day, they will report the kilometers traveled. Let’s go as many kilometers as we can through our Mediterranean Sea!

We propose to renew this experience again this year by organizing preparation workshops  − by amplifying the mobilization, − by bringing together / involving more and more local structures and authorities, − by increasing the number of regions and countries represented, − by developing the showcase role of youth initiatives and projects, − by soliciting the participation of citizen media.

The objective remains the same: to illustrate the civic commitment of the youth in the Mediterranean area and to take a new step towards the representation of youth in the Mediterranean area. Sustainable development represents for the Mediterranean area a major social and federating stake, health but also economic around the jobs of tomorrow.

The MCA  Foundation, as every year, collaborate in the initiative of Tetes de l’ art and the AJCM and invites you to participate. If you are interested:

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