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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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MCA Fondation 2017 summary

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MCA Foundation receives in Athens the 2019 prize by the Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (PAM)

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The Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (PAM) has decided to award its 2019 Annual Prize to the Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly Foundation (FACM) coinciding with their 10 years of collaboration. The PAM brings together representatives of the Parliaments of all the mediterranean countries. MCA Foundation is a PAM observer member.

The PAM has highlighted the close collaboration with the MCAF, with the shared objective of moving towards a community of Mediterranean peoples, promoting democratic values ​​of freedom, peace and respect for cultural diversity and environmental responsibility. The PAM has remarked that civil society plays a crucial role in the region for dialogue, cooperation, social cohesion and coexistence in diversity.

The awards ceremony will be held in Athens, on Friday, February 21, 2020, in the framework of the 14th PAM Plenary Session held in the Parliament of Greece, with the assistance of parliamentary representations from all Mediterranean countries .
The MCAF president, Vicent Garcés, who will receive the award, said that “it is not possible to integrate the peoples of the Mediterranean without the conscious commitment of the citizens of the Mediterranean.” The MCA Foundation is celebrating 10 years of existence these days.

The MCA Foundation has just held a few weeks ago a meeting in Barcelona on Youth in the Mediterranean in which a representation of the PAM has participated. Youth has become the vanguard and engine of change for the democratization of political systems and economic changes to improve the living conditions of citizens.

“The PAM Prize to the MCA Foundation has the special meaning of being delivered from a network of parliamentary institutions to a Mediterranean network of civil society that promotes the firm message of: DON’T FORGET THE CITIZENSHIP,” said the president of the MCA Foundation.

More information at: https://www.pam.int/

The exhibition “La mar d’I.lustrades” takes part in the Sarajevo Winter Festival

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Within the framework of the XXXVI Edition of the Sarajevo Winter Festival Sarajevska Zima (an event that began with the Olympic Winter Games of this city in 1984), the MCA Foundation will receive the traditional SLOBODA Award for its contribution to the defense of freedoms and human rights. An award that has been released since 1993.

Participating in this edition of the festival, MCAF organizes the exhibition “La mar d’il.lustrades”, a selection of female illustrators and visual artists from the Mediterranean basin that was exhibited for the first time in the 2019 edition of the Mostra Viva del Mediterrani Festival (MVM ) held in Valencia, and which will now have its first international edition in Sarajevo. This activity is organized with the collaboration of MVM, the MCA Circle of Sarajevo, the Sarajevo Winter Festival, the Museum of History of Bosnia and Herzegovina, The Atelier Memorial Alija Kucukalic Foundation and Valencia World Capital Design 2022, as awarded organization in the last edition of MVM Pont del Mediterrani awards. Exhibition curated by Tomás Gorria.

OPENING: FEBRUARY 8, 2020
PLACE: MUSEUM OF HISTORY OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA (Zmaja od Bosne, 5. Sarajevo)
HOUR: 17:00 PM.

The inauguration will be attended by the MCA circles of Thessaly, Zagreb, Podgorica, Sarajevo that participate together with Tirana in the first meeting of the MCAF Balkan regional pole, to be held between February 7 and 9 in Sarajevo.

Artists participants: Aicha Abouhaj (Marruecos), Maria Chiara Banchini (Italia), 
Zeineb Ben Haouala (Túnez), Diala Brisi (Siria), Florence Bouchain (Francia), 
Daphne Christoforou (Chipre), Ana Hoxha (Albania), Tea Jurišić (Croacia) 
Sonya Korshenboym (Israel), Lejla Kučukalić (Bosnia-Herzegovina), 
Virginia Lorente (España), Irena Milačić (Montenegro), Theda Mimilaki (Grecia), 
Deena Mohamed (Egipto), Samara Rana (Palestina), Vesna Skornsek (Eslovenia), 
Büşra Üzgün (Turquía), Maya Zankoul (Líbano).

Read the catalogue of the exhibition “La mar d’il.lustrades”:

MCAF FOUNDATION PRESIDENT VICENT GARCÉS ADDRESSING TO THE 11th ARLEM PLENARY: “DO NOT FORGET THE CITIZENSHIP”

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The MCA Foundation has intervened in the 11th General Assembly of ARLEM held in Barcelona on January 22 and 23, 2020.

With the climate crisis as a catalyst for greater cooperation in the
Mediterranean region, the Euro-Mediterranean Local and Regional Assembly
(ARLEM) has celebrated its 10th anniversary in Barcelona with the assistance of
more than 100 institutional, local and civil society representatives. The MCAF
has made its contributions available to the presents regarding the agri-food
transition in the Mediterranean and the role of citizenship in its achievement. Read more
about the ARLEM 2020 plenary.

In his addressing to the attendees, the president of the MCA Foundation, Vicent Garcés has indicated that one of the objectives of the MCA Foundation is to advance the integration of the Mediterranean peoples, which is an essential tool to overcome the situations of economic and social inequality that exist between the 3 shores of the Mediterranean and within the countries.

“It is not possible to integrate the peoples of the Mediterranean without the conscious commitment of the Mediterranean citizenship. We have just made a meeting in Barcelona 2 months ago where more than 100 young people from all over the Mediterranean participated and expressed their concerns about the current situation, the necessary mobility between the different countries, concerns about the conversion of the Mediterranean into a cemetery, their concerns for the political and economic systems that do not improve the living conditions of the peoples.

There were young people from Beirut and Algiers who explained how the commitment of youth has become a vanguard and engine of change so that political systems are democratized and economic systems changed to improve living conditions”, he said.

MCAF, which is celebrating its 10 aniversary, was born when the Barcelona process ended and began its journey the Union for the Mediterranean. “Many of the objectives that both the Barcelona Process and the UfM were set are yet to be achieved, and it is essential to be attentive to the demands with quick answers. To finish, one last suggestion to the local and regional authorities present and to the ARLEM plenary: DON’T FORGET THE CITIZENSHIP”.

Read more about the ARLEM 11th Plenary

 

SLOBODA PRIZE 2020 FOR THE MCA FOUNDATION

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The MCA Foundation will receive on February 8 in Sarajevo the traditional “Sloboda” prize awarded each year by the International Center for Peace in the framework of the legendary Sarajevo Winter Festival. This recognition aims to highlight the contribution to the defense of freedoms and human rights of institutions, entities and individuals.

Some of the winners of the Sloboda prize in previous editions have been the citizenship of Sarajevo for their defense of civil rights and freedoms during the siege; the city of Rome and the government of Italy for the project of Museum of Contemporary Art of Sarajevo Ars Aevi; Pope Francis, the Academy of Sciences and Letters of Bosnia and Herzegovina, thegovernments of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and Serbia for the nomination of the Stećak monument to the UNESCO World Heritage List; The European Parliament to which the construction of a modern and open Europe is left in legacy, facing the challenges of the migration crisis and global conflicts; the Shanghai Art Festival for the project 16 1 – Silk Road and the New Delhi Festival, among others.

Coinciding with this special award, the MCAF will hold its first meeting of the Balkan regional pole, with the participation of the MCA circles of Thessaly, Podgorica, Zagreb, Tirana and Sarajevo. The program is completed with the organization of the exhibition “La mar d’I.lustrades” a selection of female illustrators and visual artists from the Mediterranean basin. This exhibition was shown at the Mostra Viva del Mediterrani Festival in its 2019 edition. Twinning of cultures with the MCAF motto: Towards a Mediterranean Community of Peoples. 

The program of the Sarajevo Winter Festival is now available:

New publication: Tools for promoting territorialized food systems

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Within the framework of the project “Tools for the transition to Territorialized Food Systems (SAT)”, is presented this publication held by CERAI with the MCAF collaboration, in which 100 local and sustainable agrifood initiatives in Spanish territory have been identified and systematized and which are working on approach to Food Sovereignty, Social and Solidarity Economy and Ecofeminism.
These are initiatives that work from the local level in the transformation of the food system towards a more sustainable model at the environmental, social and economic level; who undertake to give priority to proximity, but also to diversification; that are fair to all parties, who seek to network with their territory and who care for the people who are part of it.
The 16 initiatives that participated in this research represent different sectors of the agrifood chain and different territories of the Spanish State: El Colletero, L’Olivera, Milhulloa, La Ojinegra, Cuinatur, ACTYVA, Lezaun Wineries, DeSpelta, Germinando, the corporation fishermen from Gandia, ME Ecològic de Mallorca, Instituto Despensa Natura and La Entreverá, La Ecomarca, Maskilu Kontserbera, Ramats al Bosc and Subbética Ecológica.
The document contains many links and references to other publications, with a multitude of tools and resources, to serve as practical support. Likewise, it is intended to be a useful document for entities and administrations that want to support this sector, so that they understand what is necessary when they are on the active side of the agrifood chain.
The launch of this publication concludes more than two years of intense work within the framework of the Tools for the transition to territorialized food systems (SAT) project, funded by the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation, and led by CERAI in collaboration with the Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly Foundation (FACM), Mensa Civica and the French organization RESOLIS.

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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Best wishes for 2020

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  • In 2020, the MCA celebrates its 10th anniversary. A Mediterranean citizenship commitment to build a community of destiny. A space which identity is diversity and which promotes the democratic values of freedom, peace and respect for diversity, and environmental responsibility in the Mediterranean. Thus was born the MCA Foundation. Committed to the emergence of a mediterranean community of peoples. In this year 2020, join this construction and be part of it. Sign the MCAF Founding Charter!  MCAF wishes you happy holidays and a prosperous New Year.

10 YEARS: Towards a mediterranean community of peoples

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In 2020, the MCA celebrates its 10th anniversary. A Mediterranean citizenship commitment to build a community of destiny which promotes the democratic values of freedom, peace and respect for diversity, and environmental responsibility in the Mediterranean. They have been 10 years of MCA meetings on different shores of our sea. From Valencia, through Tunis, Volos, Istanbul, Marseille, Tirana, Casablanca or Barcelona. 26 citizens’ circles in 18 countries and hundreds of citizens involved in the construction of a shared space: the Mediterranean. To this end, in 2016, the MCA was established as a foundation, providing a legal framework.
With the aim of celebrating our 10 years, this symbolic date, coinciding in 2020 with the commemorative events of the Barcelona process that will set the Mediterranean agenda for the coming years, the MCA Foundation launches a campaign of adhesion of signatures to our Founding Charter. Claiming the role of cities and citizens as international actors of dialogue, cooperation, social cohesion and coexistence in diversity. Join this construction and be part of it. Sign the Charter!

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MCA Foundation: IN PROGRESS THE INTERGENERATIONAL PLAN OF ACTION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

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8. MCA FOUNDATION MEETING “YOUTH IN MEDITERRANEAN”

Promote the communication based on equality and diversity in intergenerational format and cover all social, economic, cultural, humanitarian and political areas that affect millions of young people in Mediterranean countries. This is the starting point of the action plan outlined in the framework of the VIII MCAF meeting “Youth in Mediterranean” that took place in Barcelona from November 7 to 10.

More than 120 participants from 18 countries and 26 cities in the Mediterranean basin: the MCA Circles from Tirana (Albania), Algiers, Oran (Algeria), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Brussels (Belgium), Nicosia (Cyprus), Zagreb (Croatia), Alexandria, Cairo (Egypt), Barcelona, Valencia (Spain), Nice, Marseille (France), Thessaly (Greece),
Naples, Rome (Italy), Beirut (Lebanon), Casablanca, Larache, Nador, Rabat (Morocco), Podgorica (Montenegro), Ramallah (Palestine) ), Aleppo (Syria), Tunisia (Tunisia), Izmir, Istanbul (Turkey), gathering with participants from Paris or Lyon among others.

The event has been supported by the City Council of Barcelona, Generalitat de Catalunya, Institut Europeu de la Mediterrània (IEMed) and the Fondation Charles Leopold Mayer pour le Progres de l’Homme (FPH), in addition to Mediterranean institutions such as the Assembly Mediterranean Parliamentarian, MedCités, the ARLEM Euro-Mediterranean
Local and Regional Assembly or the European Economic and Social Committee
(EESC).

The reflections, analyzes and proposals of the Meeting are reflected in the Manifesto of the young people participating in the Meeting and in the Declaration of the MCAF Advisory Council, where it is clearly specified that ‘The Advisory Council is convinced that Mediterranean youth acts to find peaceful and democratic solutions to the problems affecting the region. Therefore, it is directed to the MCAF to develop its reflection axes and its actions to contribute to the emergence of a true awareness of Mediterranean
citizenship ’.

 

FOUR AGORAS

The Meeting approaches 4 thematic axes, distributed in work agoras around
the following themes: culture and identity; economy, mobility and climate change; empowerment and citizenship, and new technologies and democracy. Topics all of them analyzed by young people with an average age of 34 years in common with experts, representatives of Euro-Mediterranean institutions and civil sector entities in order to make a diagnosis of the situation and present a range of proposals.

MCA  Foundation president, Vicent Garcés said that the young people of the Mediterranean know perfectly the realities that live their respective countries. ‘and understand the present challenges they face. From the diversity and taking into account the different circumstances, the youth have expressed their concern for the difficulties facing the future and have shown their desire to lead the social transformation. The common goal is to create a Mediterranean region of peace, security and shared development”. A purpose that fully coincides with the Barcelona Declaration, signed in 1995 and that this year celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Precisely, the Meeting has been held in this framework with the intention of marking the Mediterranean agenda for the coming years and claiming the role of cities and citizenship as international actors in dialogue, cooperation, social cohesion and coexistence in diversity.

The participants of AGORA 1, dedicated to culture and identity, have focused their attention on the current situation of education and have pointed out the weight of the patriarchal roles that are repeated on the two shores of the Mediterranean, violence towards women and racism is increasingly evident. The proposal launched is to create a digital platform in radio or podcast format so that young people in different countries can share content, interests, problems from a commitment to plural and free programming. They proposed that the MCA Foundation and similar entities generate consultation tools on rights and freedoms in Mediterranean countries and institutions, entities and programs for the defense of human rights, or their promotion. It is clearly committed to using new technologies to develop teaching-focused tools that fight stereopties and that rely on a cross-cutting and coordinated type of knowledge in the Mediterranean.

In the area dedicated to the economy, mobility and climate change, encompassed in AGORA 2, the debate focused on multisectoral issues such as the linkage of a neo-liberal economic model, the climate crisis and migration. The shift towards a sustainable economy system is claimed, especially for youth. The proposal is to carry out more awareness actions that, in turn, have an impact on political agendas. Regarding mobility, the debate made clear the need for a change in the shelter and hosting policies model, especially in the developed countries. Many voices of prominent activists such as Touria El Oumri have expressed the specific problem of migrant women, the abuses they suffer and the need for
an international law that protects them and their children.

The working group dedicated to empowerment and citizenship, AGORA 3, underlined the difficulty of young people for acting in political decision-making spaces. The enormous difficulties in having equitable access to public goods, wars and instability that increase the inequality gap, the restriction of freedom of expression and a real alternative for the future. The proposal is the creation of an instance dedicated to Mediterranean youth with coordinated and permanent actions to promote the participation and social activism of millions of young people in the region, as well as the reinforcement of independent media spaces that discuss the issue of youth, with the final purpose of returning the problem that this sector of the population is going through in the political agendas.

The new technologies and democracy addressed in ÁGORA 4 was another focus of analysis and debate. The enormous potential of ICTs for a sector of the population that are digital natives throughout the region was analyzed despite unequal access to these tools. Examples of popular movements were put forward, such as the current uprising in Lebanon or Algeria and the role of young people in the search for changes towards more democratic and egalitarian societies, with social networks as the main coordination and communication tool.

In this sense we hear the voice of experts such as Virginie Lafèvre, who spoke of Lebanon situation and Djamila Jamittu, a human rights activist in Algeria who asked for solidarity and support from other countries to achieve true democracy in her country. From this agora it has been proposed to create an online platform, as an observatory, to permanently monitor the issues that concern the young people of the Mediterranean from the base of the 4 themes outlined in the meeting itself. This digital space could be a continuation of the meeting itself to start developing the projects presented and share new collaborative initiatives.

 

MEMORY OF THE 8. MEETING

All these proposals and conclusions will become the memory of the 8. MCAF
Meeting and will be widely disseminated at the institutional level throughout the Mediterranean. It will become an important work material for social change that brings improvements to the Mediterranean countries and their people. An action valued very positively by the MCA circles. In the opinion of Ibrahim Spahic, president of the international Center for Peace of Sarajevo, ‘from this meeting we expect the solid cooperation between the Mediterranean peoples to build democratic, diverse, respectful,
integrated and strong societies’. Next February in Sarajevo, The International Center for Peace will award Vicent Garcés, president of the MCA Foundation forhis defence of freedoms and Human Rights, and for the promotion of the Mediterranean
culture and diversity.

8 MCAF Meeting “Youth in Mediterranean” in the media

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