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MCAF is preparing its IX meeting: “FROM A DIVIDED MEDITERRANEAN TO A SHARED MEDITERRANEAN: A DECADE OF CITIZENSHIP RESISTANCE”

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MCAF is preparing its IX meeting: “FROM A DIVIDED MEDITERRANEAN TO A SHARED MEDITERRANEAN: A DECADE OF CITIZENSHIP RESISTANCE”
The MCAF organises in the city in València, between the 11th and the 14th of November 2021 its IX Meeting.
In this occasion we will reflect together on the topics which will take stock of the phenomenon of the “Mediterranean springs” and its attempt to evolve towards fairer, more democratic, sustainable and cohesive societies. We will also examine the new perspectives imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic to the economies and the societies.
The event will offer a space for dialogue, reflection and proposal to institutions and  citizens coming to Valencia from all countries of the region.  The format of the meeting will be semi-present (physical and online) and will use digital technologies to exchange between all shores of the Mediterranean.
The MCAF which has a partnership convention with the University of València, will organize the meeting at the Social Sciences Faculty and has the institutional support of the Parliamentarian Assembly of the Mediterranean, the Generalitat Valenciana. Ajuntament de València, FPH and the collaboration of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and of the Euromediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM), Anna Lindh Foundation, Center for Mediterranean Integration CMI, IEMed.

PROGRAM 

ACM Foundation opens registrations for participation in the 2nd Mediterranean Congress “Music and Science”

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ACM Foundation opens registrations for participation in the 2nd Mediterranean Congress “Music and Science”: Science and music in the current market: economic development and production. Is there a place for scientific and musical diplomacy?
Vaència / Sarajevo / On-line Worldwide: November 26 and 27, 2021
Presentation day 4 October 2021 (during Mostra Viva del Mediterrani)

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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION


 

PRESENTATION OF THE 2nd Mediterranean Congress “Music and Science”
MONDAY OCTOBER 4 / AULA MAGNA. THE NAU. UNIVERSITY OF VALÈNCIA I 7:00 p.m.

Science and Music in Today’s Market: Economic Development and Production. Is there a place for scientific and musical diplomacy?

Vaència / Sarajevo / On-line Worldwide: November 26 and 27, 2021

Ponents:

– Vicent Garcés, president of the FACM.
– María Colomer, president of MVM.
– Ali Esquembre, theoretical physicist and congress coordinator
– Pedro Ruiz-Castell, Professor of History of Science at UV; researcher at the López Piñero Interuniversity Institute and author of the book “Melodías de ciencia”.
– Amparo Máñez Olivares, Responsible for the Tourism Project of the Federación de Sociedades Musicales de la Comunitat Valenciana (FSMCV).
Online interview from Sarajevo:
– Porf. Dra. Azra Gazibegović-Busuladžić, former director of the Department of Physics of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the University of Sarajevo and pioneering researcher in laser technology, who will present CERN for young people on Science and Art.

Musical closing by Kris Sebastian Ramakrishna, Berklee College of Music in Valencia.

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.

FULL PDF DECLARATION

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.

COMPLETE PROGRAMME

ADVISORY COUNCIL STATEMENT

MEMOIRE RENCONTRE CASABLANCA 2017

PHOTO AND VIDEO GALLERY

THE 7TH MEETING IN THE MEDIA:

 

MCA Fondation 2017 summary

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Casa Mediterráneo and FACM, united by the knowledge of the cultures and societies of the Mediterranean

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Casa Mediterráneo and FACM sign a collaboration framework agreement.
The signing was carried out by the Director General of Casa Mediterráneo, Andrés Perelló, and by the president of FACM, Vicent Garcés.

Casa Mediterráneo has been the location where both institutions have signed this agreement for the development of activities and initiatives that contribute to the encounter between countries, institutions and cities of the Mediterranean region, and to the citizens of all the Mediterranean shores. Another strong point of this agreement focuses on carrying out common projects of mutual interest that promote greater knowledge of the cultures and societies of the Mediterranean.

The exchange of information, publications and other training and research materials that allow a greater knowledge of the society, culture and peoples of the Mediterranean, is another of the aspects contemplated in this agreement.

Andrés Perelló has highlighted that the institution is open to citizens and to institutions and foundations that have common goals with Casa Mediterráneo. “FACM has demonstrated the capacity and the bonds of union with the Mediterranean to promote joint activities” he pointed out.

One of the first joint activities will be the presentation of the book ‘Mediterranean Inequalities, Challenge of the 21st Century’ on January 27, a publication edited by the FACM, and Catarata, by the former mayor of Valencia between 1979-1989, Ricard Pérez Casado, member of the Advisory Council of the FACM.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS – SIGN OUR FOUNDING CHARTER !!!!

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Happy holidays

Sign our founding charter !!!!

Mediterráneo RTVE program: Interview with the president of the ACM Foundation

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A few years ago, the Union for the Mediterranean marked November 28 as the date to “celebrate” Mediterranean Day, although now the day must work to visualize the emergency situation in the multiple crises that the area is experiencing. We discussed these emergencies with Isidro González, spokesperson for the UPM and also with Vicent Garcés, president of the Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly Foundation. This interview is part of the synthesis of the proposals of the ACM Foundation IX meeting held in Valencia in November 2021.

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27.11.2021 | II Mediterranean Congress “Music and Science”

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27.11.2021: For second edition of the mediterranean congress “Music and Sicence” the choosen topic is “Music and science in today’s market: economic development and production. Is there room for scientific and musical diplomacy?” The issue is motivated by two basic factors: the equitable distribution of vaccines against Covid and the contribution that music and science can make to the economic development of our societies. Thus, the
presented talks must coincide with the general topic of the second edition of the Mediterranean Congress “Music and Science”.

The event will take place on November 27, 2021. There was an Opening session in the framework of Mostra Viva del Mediterrani on 4 October 2021.

PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS AND BENEFICIARIES
Participation is open to members from Mediterranean countries. In this edition the participation countires are: Spain, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Cyprus, Palestine, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The recipients are experts in the field of music and science; trainers; students; professionals; representatives of entities dedicated to the promotion, teaching and dissemination of music and science.

GOALS

1. Contribute to the economic development of citizens
through music and science.
2. Establish a rigorous regulation on the performance of
a scientific and musical diplomacy.
3. Investigate public or private funding options for music
and science.

The Congress is organized by the Assembly of Citizens of the Mediterranean Foundation (FACM) with the support of the Institut Valencià de Cultura. The activity is coordinated from its ACM circle in Sarajevo and the MAAK Foundation, and the Valencia circle (co-management of coordination and dissemination of the contest rules). It has the institutional sponsorship of Mostra Viva del Mediterrani, the Valencia City Council, the Universities of Valencia and Sarajevo (co-management in facilitating spaces and profiles of experts / stiff and participating students), the López Piñero Interuniversity Institute and the collaboration of different public and private institutions, as well as academic, all in co-management in the dissemination of contest bases and facilitation of profiles of experts to participate,
whose names will be made public soon.

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MORNING SESSION

AFTERNOON SESSION

Conclusions and proposals presented in the framework of the ACM Foundation’s IX Meeting

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Read the conclusions and proposals presented in the framework of the IX Meeting of the ACM Foundation: “From a divided Mediterranean to a shared Mediterranean: a decade of citizen resistance”.

The conclusions are presented in a correlative way corresponding to the 4 agoras.

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Statement of the Advisory Council: ACM Foundation appeals to citizen resistance to face the multiple emergencies suffered by the peoples of the Mediterranean

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Statement of the Advisory Council

Issued at the General Assembly of the IX Meeting of the FACM –

After 10 years of citizen activism of the ACM circles and its Foundation, the Advisory Council of the FACM

Expresses

Its deep concern for the serious crisis that the countries of the Mediterranean area are going through.

Notes

– The destabilisation of the Mediterranean due to the persistence and resurgence of conflicts in almost all Mediterranean countries.

– The powerlessness of states and international and regional organisations, which have the task of resolving the problems of the Mediterranean area and neighbouring countries (Sahel, Middle East, etc.);

– That the popular uprisings of 2010-2011 against authoritarian regimes in the southern and eastern Mediterranean, which were conducive to democratic transformation and social justice, have for the most part ended in stalemate. Tunisia, where the revolts started and the only country that has continued its democratic process, is today in an extremely worrying situation with the establishment of emergency rule and the freezing of its elected parliament. The Council expresses its deep concern and calls for a return to democratic mechanisms.

-The destabilisation of the countries on the north-eastern shore of the Mediterranean basin, whose citizens have shown a strong desire for European integration. The situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina has deteriorated and requires an immediate reaction to stop the danger of a return to war, ethnic division and the destruction of state institutions.

Stresses

– The increase in deadly migratory flows, with total indifference on the part of the host states.

-The blatant violation of human rights in the refugee camps in Libya, and throughout the Mediterranean area.

– The suppression, and sometimes criminalisation, of most humanitarian organisations, in the face of Europe’s inability to develop a credible policy on the matter.

– The harmful increase in the effects of climate change in the Mediterranean area: the devastation of coasts and territories as a result of extreme phenomena.

– The progression of desertification on all three shores, leading to a significant reduction in water reserves, in addition to the latent conflicts of the “water wars”.

-The transformation of marine and terrestrial fauna and agro-food crops and the destabilisation of the habitat of animal species that are now invading cities and causing the proliferation of viruses unknown to science;

– The increase in economic and social inequalities in almost all countries in the region, aggravated by the Covid-19 health crisis and its political consequences, particularly with regard to the distribution of vaccines and the ownership of patents in the hands of the richest countries according to the logic of profit, these inequalities have increased within societies during a crisis that has created new rich and, above all, new poor.

– The increased risk of mental disorders, personal and collective depression, linked to the multiple crises currently affecting societies in the Mediterranean area.

– The deterioration of exchanges, particularly at the cultural, health and youth training levels, following the collapse of solidarity between North/North, South/South, North/South and East/West states.

– The rise of populist regimes in Europe, the denial of human rights, free information and freedom of expression, the erection of walls and barbed-wire borders, the persistence of dictatorships and authoritarian “democracies” in most countries in the South and East.

– The exclusion of some countries from the challenges of globalisation and modernisation, amplified by the unequal distribution of cultural goods and technological and information resources.

Denounces

– The persistence and worsening of discrimination against women, children, the elderly and foreigners in particular: at work, in access to employment, in education, in law, in justice, in health and at the intergenerational level.

-The threat to cultural and linguistic diversity.

– The unprecedented violence suffered by migrant populations even in so-called democratic countries and the danger to multicultural societies.

– The rampant corruption in the management of national politics and business, and the infiltration of organised crime, especially during the pandemic;

– The deterioration of democratic practices in many countries around the world, including in the Mediterranean.

States

-The role of the FACM as an expression of citizen resistance through its circles in 19 Mediterranean countries and 29 Euro-Mediterranean cities, through actions of youth training, promotion of cultural meetings, dissemination of verified information, dialogue, inclusion of diversities, cooperation, partnerships and sustained will to draw the attention of state, regional and international bodies to the multiple problems of the Mediterranean, through active participation in international meetings, publications, dissemination and stimulation of debates on the most critical issues;

-The need to resolve conflicts peacefully, through dialogue, recognition of others and the defence of human rights.

-The crucial need for public policies that combat inequality and promote social justice.

-Its will to contribute to the visibility of cultural, linguistic, gender or disability minorities in all their forms in the Mediterranean.

-Hope in the human being, in the spread of an increasingly aware citizenship and in the techno-scientific advances at the service of individuals and societies.

Proposes

-Paying the utmost attention to the younger generations through concrete actions by the civil society institutions of the States in the field of training, cultural exchanges, identification of work and training opportunities in the fields of science, technology, information technology, health, agri-food, environmental protection and nature, research into alternative energy sources, etc.

– The promotion of joint projects for the creation of small businesses for young people in the above-mentioned sectors.

– In recent years, the FACM has increased its efforts and its openness towards Mediterranean youth. Noting the positive impact of this approach, the FACM is committed to accentuating its action in favour of young people, by including them even more in the Foundation’s circles and working bodies, by participating in the structuring of a representative body for young people in the Mediterranean, by influencing public policies that are favourable to them and by developing projects that involve them.

– Maintaining and extending the collaboration between the citizens’ circles of the ACM Foundation and with other Euro-Mediterranean and regional structures.

Wishes for

-A new solidarity between states and their citizens, translated into concrete actions such as the immediate distribution of vaccines to countries in need and the release of patent ownership.

-The involvement of international and regional bodies dedicated to the Mediterranean, as well as civil society institutions in all Mediterranean countries, in the urgent need for a strong and united commitment to reverse a very destructive and degrading trend for our common sea and to move towards peace building.

In conclusion

“The ACM Foundation and its entire network will continue to work for a community of Mediterranean peoples that guarantees peace, respect for diversity, coexistence and freedom and freedom of expression in the region. As well as fundamental respect for the voice of citizens. Together with the existing parliamentary and municipal networks, it would be necessary to articulate a common body that, together with civil society, would promote progress towards this Mediterranean community of peoples”.

The FACM appeals to citizen resistance to face the multiple emergencies suffered by the peoples of the Mediterranean,

Valencia 14 November 2021

ACM Foundation calls for citizen resistance to face the multiple emergencies suffered by the peoples of the Mediterranean

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The Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly Foundation (FACM) held its 9th Meeting in Valencia from 11 to 14 November, placing the situation of millions of citizens in the Mediterranean at the centre of the international political agenda, a decade after the so-called “Arab Springs”.  The proposals of this event, in which citizens from around twenty Mediterranean countries have participated, will be widely disseminated among the main Euro-Mediterranean institutions. On this occasion, under the title ‘From a Divided Mediterranean to a Shared Mediterranean: A Decade of Citizen Resistance’, a major interdisciplinary debate was held on the situation in the different Mediterranean countries. The participants, together with specialists, public institutions, and civil society, took stock of the citizens’ movements that we call “Mediterranean Springs” and their attempt to move towards fairer, more democratic, sustainable, and cohesive societies. The new perspectives arising from the Covid-19 pandemic and its negative effects on the population, the economy and society were also considered.

The event provided a space for dialogue and reflection where, in the midst of increasing instability and inequalities in the area, proposals were made on citizen solidarity practised in the framework of Covid-19. The urgent need for effective cooperation between representative public institutions and citizens to prevent hate speech, as well as to facilitate the transition to more sustainable agri-food and energy systems, was highlighted. Former MEP Vicent Garces, President of the ACM Foundation, pointed out that “the popular uprisings of 2010-2011 against authoritarian regimes in the southern and eastern Mediterranean, which brought democratic transformation and social justice, have unfortunately ended in a dead end for the most part.

This Meeting, 10 years later, renews the necessary transformative hope of citizenship”. The IX Meeting of the FACM counted with the participation of Joan Ribó, Mayor of Valencia; Joan Calabuig, Regional Secretary for the European Union and External Relations of the Generalitat Valenciana; Sergio Piazzi, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (APM); Josep Canals, Secretary General of the Network of Mediterranean Cities Medcités, in the opening session, which took place in the Faculty of Social Sciences of the UV; Blanca Moreno-Dodson, Director of the Centre for Mediterranean Integration (CMI); Ioannis Vardakastanis, President of the Euromed Follow-Up of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC); Christophe Rouillon, Representative of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) of the European Committee of the Regions, and Albert Moncusí, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Valencia.

Mayor Ribó remarked that in Valencia “the FACM held its first meeting ten years ago and here we meet again at a crucial moment for humanity. A time in which solidarity and collaboration between peoples have proved to be the only useful tools in the face of the great challenges facing the Mediterranean region in the face of the climate emergency and also the worrying increase in hate crimes. Blanca Moreno-Dodson, the director of the Centre for Mediterranean Integration, which operates under the umbrella of the United Nations and with which the FACM has a collaboration agreement, pointed out that “despite the increasing inequalities in the Mediterranean, we must see the pandemic as an opportunity for change”, referring to how regional value chains have proved useful in the face of the difficulty of importing and exporting, thus pointing out that it is crucial to invest in agriculture to sustain our ecosystems but also for food security.

The analysis of the current situation of war and instability in some Mediterranean countries and the role of citizenship in the 10th anniversary of the “Arab Spring” was attended by leading intellectual, academic and social figures such as the French-Syrian political scientist, Salam Kawakibi, the Palestinian diplomat Hassan Al Balawi, the activist Virginie Lafèvre, representing the Lebanese organisation AMEL, which works for the inclusion of refugees; the Moroccan feminist Touria El Oumri; the president of the International Centre for Peace in Sarajevo, Ibrahim Spahic; the analyst and expert on the Middle East, Sébastien Bossois; the journalist and expert on the Mediterranean, Lola Bañon; the president of the Centre for International Mediterranean Studies in Tunisia, Ahmed Driss, among others.

In addition to the conclusions and proposals of the 9th Meeting which will be made public soon, the Advisory Council of the ACM Foundation pointed out that “Tunisia, where the uprisings had begun and the only country to have continued its democratic process, is today in an extremely worrying situation with the establishment of an authoritarian regime and the suspension of its elected Parliament”. Similarly, the FACM Advisory Council has warned of the “destabilisation of the countries on the north-eastern shore of the Mediterranean basin, whose citizens have shown a strong desire for European integration. The situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina has deteriorated and requires an immediate reaction to stop the danger of a return to war, ethnic division and the destruction of state institutions”. The statement notes that “the FACM calls for citizen resistance to face the multiple emergencies suffered by the peoples of the Mediterranean”.

Past editions of the ACM Foundation Meetings have been held in Valencia (2010), Tunis (2011), Volos/Greece (2012), Istanbul (2013), Marseille (2014), Tirana (2015), Casablanca (2017) and Barcelona (2019). In all of them, the FACM promotes dialogue, proposals and citizen action, fostering democratic values of freedom, peace and respect for diversity, as well as environmental responsibility in the Mediterranean.

9 FACM meeting: photo gallery

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IX ENCONTRE FACM

LIVE: Openning and closing sessions | FACM IX Meeting

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12.11.2021

09:00 – 10:30 Opening session auditorium (broadcast via streaming)
Interventions:

  • Albert Moncusí, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, University of
    Valencia
  •  Joan Ribó, Mayor of València
  • Vicent Garcés, President of the ACM Foundation
  • Representative of the Generalitat Valenciana
  • Sergio Piazzi, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly
    of the Mediterranean (PAM)
  • Josep Canals, Secretary General of the Network of Mediterranean Cities Medcities
  • Blanca Moreno-Dodson, Director of the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI)
  • Ioannis Vardakastanis, President of the Euromed Follow-Up European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Christophe Rouillon, Representative of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and local Assembly (ARLEM)

13.11.2021

17:00 – 18:00 Closing session and reading of the FACM Advisory Council
statement (retransmitted in streaming).
Interventions:

  • Vicente Domingo, Director of World Sustainable Urban Food
    Centre of València – CEMAS
  • Maria Àngels Roque , Director of the Area of Mediterranean cultures and civil society at the European Institute of the Mediterranean IEMed
  • ACM Foundation Advisory Council
  • Vicent Garcés, President of the ACM Foundation
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