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