Intervention by Amb. Sergio Piazzi, PAM Secretary General
on the occasion of
Mostra Viva del Mediterrani and Presentation of the book “Les inégalités méditerranéennes. Le defí du XXIe siècle” by Mr. Ricard Perez Casado
Valencia, 13th October 2020
It is a pleasure for me to address you this message on behalf of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean on the occasion of the annual meeting of Mostra Viva del Mediterrani, and the presentation of the book “Les inégalités méditerranéennes. Le defí du XXIe siècle” by Mr Ricard Perez Casado, who I sincerely congratulate for this piece.ç
VIDEO MESSAGE BY EMB. PIAZZI
I would like to thank the president of Mostra Viva del Mediterrani, Maria Colomer and its Honorary President Vicente Garcés for organizing this enriching event, to which PAM has granted its high auspices.
It is very important that we continue to celebrate our common Mediterranean culture and heritage especially in these moments where hate speech, xenophobia, racism and intolerance are spreading all over the world.
At PAM, we believe that it is important to promote encounters between cultures, religions, communities, as a direct way to achieve peace in the Mediterranean region and in the whole world. Our Assembly has been actively implementing and promoting initiatives that put culture at the centre, promoting intercultural and interreligious dialogue.
PAM serves as a platform of dialogue not only for parliamentarians, but also for different groups of stakeholders including academics, religious leaders and civil society, with the purpose of coming together for constructive dialogue. The contribution that the Foundation of the Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly provide has always been very much appreciated by our Parliamentarians and the Foundation has a special place in PAM.
Our common Mediterranean Sea, which is the cradle of Civilizations, has become today the centre of debate of many critical issues and challenges. These include regional conflicts in Syria, Libya and the Middle East, the threats of terrorism and climate change; technological developments and use of artificial intelligence; mass population displacement; youth unemployment; demographic growth, xenophobia and hate speech; structural economic injustices all these aggravated by the COVID pandemic.
The rising trends of inequality in income, wealth, unequal access to resources, to care, to school, to justice and gender inequality – have far from disappeared, including in the advanced economies.
Unfortunately, the existing inequalities have been further exacerbated by the global health emergency we are currently facing. This crisis has revealed many weaknesses and fractures in our social infrastructure, from health care to digital technology and remote teaching at schools, and has exposed the critical need for reform of our infrastructures in order to prevent and respond to a future pandemic, including the second wave of COVID that we are facing in these days.
The crisis has also revealed our interdependence and that only though international cooperation we can win this fight.
Assisting Member States and related national Parliaments to create a space for peace and prosperity is an essential role for PAM.
We, as an interparliamentary organisation gathering 34 Member and Associate States from both the Northern and Southern shore of the Mediterranean and the Gulf region, we a forum to draw up a new international framework of action to address and combat these injustices.
We believe that with tailored laws and public policies, it’s possible to reduce inequalities.
From our side, at PAM we will continue to contribute to the conceptualisation and design of support measures, to ensure that all measures taken result in enhanced protection and support of the most vulnerable, to create a space for peace and prosperity for its peoples. And we count on the support of the Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly Foundation to achieve this objective.