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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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ACM Foundation and Peripli Association organize an international seminar : Mediterranean heritage and citizenship destruction-reconstruction | memory preservation | citizen participation

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The Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly Foundation (FACM) and Association Peripli, Culture and Società Euromediterranee

organize an international seminar

Mediterranean heritage and citizenship

destruction-reconstruction | memory preservation | citizen participation

Algiers | Cairo | Larisa | Marseille | Nablus | Nice | Paris | Rabat

| Sarajevo | Syria | Tirana | Tunisia | Valencia

Naples October 4 - 5, 2019 (9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.)
Monumental complex of San Domenico Maggiore - Chapter room
vico San Domenico Maggiore 18 - Naples

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This seminar is sponsored by the ACM Foundation with the institutional support of the Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (PAM), UNESCO, the city hall of Naples, the Consulate of France and that of Portugal, among others. Participating in the convention are members of the ACM Foundation Advisory Council, the ACM circles of Naples, Casablanca, Nice, Algiers, Palestine, Marseille, Valencia, Sarajevo, Syria, Paris, Thessaly, among participants from Cairo, Rabat, Tirana or Tunisia.

Researchers, curators, mediators and citizens bring together to redefine the role of museums, libraries and cultural institutes in the 21st century; analyze the different forms of citizen participation in several countries, the devices and projects destined to this participation, and reconsider the role of citizens, their associations in the recovery of local and collective memory.

The colloquium, therefore, intends to promote a critical reflection but at the same time draw a perspective of orientations to reconstruct the heritage of the different Mediterranean areas, assuming that in a “knowledge transmission society” the traditionally responsible institutions of this mission (schools, universities, museums, libraries, etc.) are no longer the only ones that do it, in fact, often, for various reasons, they fail
in their mision.

One of the objectives of this initiative is also to open a broad debate
in the Mediterranean area, promoting a project that in the coming years
It will include periodic territorial meetings in the different Mediterranean countries. “We want to encourage civil society actors involved in the heritage sectors coming from the two shores of the Mediterranean and offer them a meeting opportunity. We want to mobilize so that culture and its assets are the fourth pillar of sustainable development. We want to promote citizens’ awareness about the vital importance of collective memory, the interconnections of cultures, the participation of all citizens in the reconstruction of Mediterranean heritage, as common and shared goods” said Maria Donzelli, president of the Peripli Association / member of the FACM Advisory Council.

The citizen colloquium, which takes place not by chance in Naples, a city of a thousand contradictions, crossroads of encounters and disagreements between the peoples of the Mediterranean, is celebrated on the occasion of the commemoration of the tenth anniversary of Peripli and the FACM who collaborate in a fruitful synergy of objectives: l The Peripli Association promotes dialogue between Euro-Mediterranean cultures through training activities, philosophical coffees, research, publications, city meetings; The FACM promotes awareness of a Mediterranean citizenship through meetings and activities organized by its 28 Circles, spread throughout the Mediterranean area.

The initiative was born in November 2017 in Casablanca, on the occasion of the 7th FACM Meeting where the issue of Mediterranean heritage was addressed. Several countries were present: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Syria, Palestine, Israel, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Italy. The discussion highlighted the dramatic social, economic and political
situations, due to conflicts and wars, terrorism and natural disasters that
destroyed and continue to destroy the tangible and intangible assets of the
Mediterranean countries. All participants from the different countries that were present at that
meeting of the FACM expressed the need to address the dramatic consequences of
such events that undermine the cultural roots of Mediterranean countries and
the social, identity and cultural cohesion of their peoples.

CITIZEN COLLOQUY: Mediterranean heritage and citizenship. Destruction, reconstruction, preservation of memories and citizen participation

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COLLOQUE CITOYEN: Patrimoines méditerranéens et citoyenneté. 
Destruction, reconstruction, conservation des mémoires et participation citoyenne

Naples, 4 et 5 Octobre 2019

Complexe Monumental de San Domenico Maggiore. Salle du Capitol

Vico San Domenico Maggiore, 18

A l’occasion des 10 années des respectives activités, l’Association Peripli. Culture e Società Euromediterranee et la Fondation Assemblée des Citoyens et des Citoyennes de la Méditerranée (FACM), organisent un ‘Colloque citoyen’ sur le thème Patrimoines méditerranéens et citoyenneté. Destruction, reconstruction, conservation des mémoires et participation citoyenne.

L’Association Peripli, avec son cercle ACM du Naples, et la FACM collaborent depuis presque 10 ans en synergie d’intentions : L’Association promeuve le dialogue entre les cultures euro-méditerranéennes à travers activités de formation, cafés philosophiques, recherches, publications, conférences, rencontres citoyennes, etc., tandis que la FACM, promeuve la conscience d’une citoyenneté méditerranéenne à travers des rencontres et des activités organisées par ses 28 cercles présents dans toute l’aire de la Méditerranée, et à travers des plateformes de confrontation dans des assemblées périodiques, dans lesquelles participent des citoyens représentants des pays jusqu’ici adhérents à la même Fondation.

La défense de la spécificité des cultures et de leur rencontre dans une perspective interculturelle s’harmonise donc avec la promotion de la conscience d’une citoyenneté méditerranéenne.

L’idée d’organiser le Colloque citoyen de Naples est née à Casablanca en Novembre 2017, à l’occasion de la VIIème rencontre périodique de l’Assemblée de la FACM. Dans cette circonstance une des agoras était dédiée au thème des patrimoines. Ils étaient présents plusieurs représentants des pays méditerranéens : Maroc, Algérie, Tunisie, Syrie, Palestine, Israël, Cyprée, Grèce, Espagne, France, Italie, etc. La discussion a été très riche, intense, parfois dramatique à cause des situations sociales, économiques et politiques, à cause des conflits et des guerres, du terrorisme, des calamités naturelles dues aux changements climatiques, qui ont détruit, et continuent à détruire, les patrimoines matériels et immatériels des pays de la Méditerranée.

Au cours de cette agora, tous les représentants des différents pays ont exprimé l’exigence d’approfondir les conséquences dramatiques de ces situations, qui minent, concrètement, les racines culturelles des pays méditerranéens, ainsi que les cohésions sociales, identitaires, interculturelles et la vie même des peuples de la Méditerranée.

La nécessité de la reconstruction et de la remise en état des patrimoines culturels et sociaux des pays représentés a été évidente au cours de la discussion, ainsi que évidente a été la volonté de la participation citoyenne dans la récupération des mémoires locales et collectives de l’aire méditerranéenne, à fin de tenter de surmonter l’absurde conflictualité présente, dans une perspective de coexistence pacifique.

Voilà, donc, l’idée d’animé le Colloque citoyen de Naples, une ville qui vit plusieurs des contradictions, des fastes et des déclins, du croisement des cultures et de la dynamique confrontation/affrontement des peuples de la Méditerranée.

La perspective à long terme de cette initiative est de promouvoir, dans toutes les villes des pays représentés dans la FACM, des rencontres, des dialogues, des discussions, des activités, sur ce thème dans les années à venir, en ouvrant une confrontation citoyenne permanente, à partir des réalités locales, mais avec le concours des réalités interconnectées, soit sur le plan culturel que sur ceux social et citoyen.

Nous voulons promouvoir la conscience citoyenne de l’importance vitale de la conservation des mémoires, des interconnexions des cultures, de la participation de chaque citoyen à la reconstruction et valorisation des patrimoines méditerranéens, matériels et immatériels, comme des biens partagés et communs.

Nous voulons nous mobiliser à fin que la culture et ses biens soient reconnus comme le IVème pilier du développement durable de notre mer commune.

Nous voulons valoriser les acteurs de la société civile des deux rives de la Méditerranée, impliqués dans les secteurs patrimoniales et leur offrir une occasion de confrontation des idées pour des actions toujours plus efficaces.

Maria Donzelli

Président Association « Peripli. Culture et Società Euromediterranee »

Membre du Conseil Consultatif de la FACM

We are hiring: The MCA Foundation opens a call to hire a Technical Director

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The MCA Foundation opens a call to hire a Technical Director

The Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly Foundation (FACM) is a network that promotes the citizen dialogue, proposals and actions. The MCA Foundation is a private foundation under Spanish legislation with presence in 20 Mediterranean countries with the common objective of promoting a culture of dialogue, mutual respect and recognition of diversity within the region.

The MCA Foundation encourages democratic values of freedom, peace and respect for diversity, as well as environmental responsibility in the Mediterranean and it is committed to the emergence of a Mediterranean Community of Peoples.

(More about MCA Foundation:  www.fundacionacm.org).

 

MISSION

  • BE IN CHARGE OF THE DAILY MANAGEMENT OF THE MCA FOUNDATION
  • ENABLING AND EXPANDING THE PARTNERSHIP NETWORK AND INSTITUTIONAL PRESENCE OF THE FACM
  • COORDINATE THE FOUNDATION’S DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY
  • REPRESENT THE FOUNDATION IN EVENTS, IN THE MEDIA
  • FUNDING RESEARCH
  • AVAILABILITY TO TRAVEL TO THE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN AREA

 

PROFILE

  • EXPERIENCE IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT
  • EXPERIENCE IN TEAM WORK AND TEAM MANAGEMENT
  • PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN ENVIRONMENT
  • ACADEMIC FORMATION OF MASTER DEGREE LEVEL
  • FLUENT SPANISH, ENGLISH AND FRENCH
  • A GOOD COMMAND OF ARABIC IS AN ASSET

 

SKILLS

  • LEADERSHIP AND ABILITY TO WORK IN TEAM
  • ABILITY TO WORK IN A MULTICULTURAL ENVIRONMENT
  • FLEXIBILITY FOR THE DYNAMIZATION OF A CITIZEN NETWORK
  • FLEXIBILITY TO TRAVEL
  • KNOWLEDGE OF NTIC

 

PLACE OF WORK: VALENCIA, SPAIN

CONTRACT: FULL TIME OF INDETERMINATE DURATION. SALARY TO BE AGREED.

APPLICATION DEPOSIT:  to apply, send a motivation letter and your CV to secretariat@fundacionacm.org

Deadline for applications: August 31, 2019

ACM Foundation joins the statement with other 100 organisations to stop the criminalisation of solidarity with migrants in Europe

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#HelpisNoCrime

Over 100 independent organisations, including ACM Foundation are calling the new European Commission to stop the criminalisation of solidarity with migrants in Europe in a joint statement published today.

The organisations are calling the European Commission and its newly elected head Ursula Von der Leyen to reform the EU Facilitation Directive, which currently allows Member States to criminalise humanitarian aid.

In particular, the signatories wrote:
“Most investigations and formal prosecutions are related to the vague definition of crime in the EU Facilitation Directive which fails to properly distinguish between human smuggling and humanitarian work. But the European Commission has been reluctant to consider the links between the EU Facilitation Directive and the criminalisation of solidarity” The statement also refers to a recent study by the European research platform ReSOMA which found at least 158 Europeans have been criminalised for their help towards migrants since 2015.

The signatories wrote:
“The targets include volunteers, activists, NGOs, crew members of rescue ships, migrants’ family members, and also journalists, mayors and priests. The recent arrest of the Sea Watch 3 captain, Carola Rackete, is just the latest example of how people are being blamed for saving migrants’ lives and providing the humanitarian assistance which Member States are unwilling or unable to provide, despite being obliged to according to international and EU law.”

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Track record of the 2019 edition: Citizens engagement of young people in the Mediterranean day

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Track record of the 2019 edition. In figures: 200 participants in France and 2000 in the Mediterranean, 10 countries, 25 beaches. Launched in 2014, the” Atelier des Jeunes Citoyens de la Méditerranée (AJCM”) stands up for s collective action of young people committed to the protection of the Mediterranean Sea. Supported by the FACM, this year’s event brings together the MCA circles of Beirut, Tirana, Podgorica, Marseille, Rabat, Casablanca, Larache and Tunis

 Track record AJCM 2019

 

GUIDE: “A PROPOSAL FOR INCLUSION BY REFUGEE PEOPLE”

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The ACM Foundation presented on June 27, at 7:00 pm, in Museum of History of Valencia (MhV), the GUIDE: “A PROPOSAL FOR INCLUSION BY REFUGEE PEOPLE”, publication that is part of the project” Education in human rights, as a tool for the inclusion of refugee people”.

It is a publication of a propositive nature that includes good inclusion practices from the perspective of the refugees themselves who have participated in the project, and which can be used by public administrations, civil organizations and institutions, among others.
The initiative has the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain.

In this “guide” those who have the leading role and the word are those who usually never have it: the refugees. For this, the methodology for the preparation of the publication is based on the participatory perspective. Based on the orientation of specialized entities, the ACM Foundation formed a team of 14 refugee persons following criteria such as parity, geographic diversity and situations. Subsequently, through interviews and discussion meetings, the group was shedding the conclusions of this guide. It has been essential the collaboration of experts in migration, as well as representatives of the main organizations (CAR-Mislata, CEAR, Red Cross, UNHCR, UNRWA, Universitat de València and others), who have provided their orientation and knowledge.

Summit of the Two Shores: commitments for a new ambition in the Mediterranean

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On June 23 of 2019 in Marseilles, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the 5+5 Dialogue States (France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya) signed the “Commitments for a new ambition in the Mediterranean” in order to implement the projects the civil society suggested and provide a collective response to the common challenges in the Mediterranean.

STATEMENT: COMMITMENT ON A NEW AMBITION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

We are convinced that what unites our two shores is greater than what divides them. We wish to propose a positive agenda for the Mediterranean and promote it as a sea of all opportunities. Faced with today’s multiple transitions, including in the political, climate, economic and digital fields, we are urgently driven to help inspire a generation united in response to transnational challenges. We are committed to the same values, including tolerance and gender equality. We wish to share our best practices in governance, community and good-neighbourly relations

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Mostra Viva selected among cultural reference projects during the Summit of the two shores in Marseille

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The Mostra Viva del Mediterrani Festival , sponsored by the ACM Foundation, has been selected as one of the cultural projects of reference in the Mediterranean area and as a model to follow. It is decided during the “Summit of the two shores” celebrated last week in Marseille.
The network is made up of ten countries in the Mediterranean basin and the Mostra Viva project was chosen between more than 200 initiatives presented.
This was announced by the Honorary President of Mostra Viva and President of the ACM Foundation, Mr. Vicent Garcés and Mostra Viva President, Maria Colomer.

Sandra Figuerola is inspired by Greek muses for the graphic line of this edition that will take place in Valencia (5 to 20 October) with a cultural offer focused on the all countries from the Mediterranean basin. This event, organized since 2013 is sponsored by ACM Foundation.

MEDITERRANEAN CITIZENS’ASSEMBLY FOUNDATION (MCAF) ADVISORY BOARD STATEMENT | Valencia, June 1, 2019

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MEDITERRANEAN CITIZENS’ASSEMBLY FOUNDATION (MCAF) ADVISORY BOARD STATEMENT

Valencia, June 1, 2019

The Advisory Board of the MCA Foundation met on May 31 and June 1, 2019 in Valencia. The Board paid a sincere tribute to its honorary member, the writer Paul Balta, who has unfortunately left us.

The Advisory Board updates its 10-year-old Founding Charter. In a decade, the MCAF has become a key player in citizen’s action in the Mediterranean.

The Advisory Board is worried, following the renewal of the European Parliament, about the rise of racism, xenophobia and extreme rights in European societies. The members of the Advisory Council express their concern about the political and social evolution in the Mediterranean. Too often, the issue of security exceeds individual freedoms and human rights.

The Advisory Board supports the defence of civilians in accordance with international law in Libya and Syria, and the peaceful resolution of regional crisis. It notes with interest the progress of the democratic process in Tunisia, which will hold in the coming months its second general, legislative and presidential elections. Tunisia is therefore completing its electoral cycle and finalizing the establishment of its constitutional institutions.

The Advisory Board strongly welcomes the mobilization of the Algerian population within a national, peaceful, transgenerational and mixed political movement that demonstrates the will of the Algerian people to take control over their destiny. It expresses its support to all parties involved in a peaceful transition in accordance with the rule of law. With regard to the Palestinian question, the Board reaffirms that the solution must be linked to international law which guarantees the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including the creation of their state with East Jerusalem as its capital. It expresses its concern about the authoritarian drift and the lack of respect for human rights in Egypt.

The Advisory Board supports peace and democratic culture in all Mediterranean states in order to avoid the return or advent of obscurantism or authoritarian abuses.

Despite the environmental emergency in the Mediterranean, the Advisory Board notes the absence of real measures to promote sustainable development, nature conservation, ecological and agri-food transition and the handling of climate refugees. The Board demands respect for the right to freedom of expression, association and demonstration without criminalizing social movements that claim these rights or citizen solidarity with migrants.  Finally, it calls for additional public resources to facilitate the inclusion and freedom of movement of people with disabilities, both in public infrastructure and in the labour market.

The Board welcomes the recent establishment of MCA circles in Barcelona and Sarajevo and the relaunch of the MCA circle of Beirut. From now on, the MCA network includes twenty-eight citizen circles in twenty-one countries and contacts are underway in Amman to create a new circle. The Advisory Board is delighted to welcome the Bosnian intellectual Ibrahim Spahic as an honorary member.

The Advisory Council welcomes and supports the initiative of the MCA Circle of Naples to organise the symposium “Mediterranean Heritage and Citizenship” to be held in Naples on October 4 and 5. The Council is preparing the 8th meeting of the MCA “The Great Convention on Youth in the Mediterranean”, which will be held in Barcelona on November 7-10, 2019.