04-10-2019

PAM representatives to the International Seminar on Mediterranean heritage and citizenship

PAM representatives to the International Seminar on Mediterranean heritage and citizenship

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean participated in and actively contributed to the International Seminar on “Mediterranean heritage and citizenship: destruction-reconstruction, memory preservation and citizen participation”, held in Naples on 4 and 5 October 2019 in Naples, Italy, organized by the Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly Foundation, in collaboration with PAM and the Peripli Association. 

The meeting, held under the PAM auspices, was attended by H.E. Juan Andrès Perellò Rodriguez, Spain’s ambassador to UNESCO, and the Palestinian diplomat Hassan Balawi, as well as representatives of 12 countries, public institutions, experts and civil society, to promote and strengthen dialogue among the Mediterranean cultures. 

PAM was represented by Hon. Gennaro Migliore, President of the PAM Special Committee on Counter-terrorism, and Sen. Francesco Maria Amoruso, PAM President Emeritus. 

In his opening address, Hon. Migliore highlighted the common Mediterranean heritage, and referred to the activities of PAM in this regard, in consideration of the role played by PAM as an active member of the UN Alliance of Civilisations. He emphasised the commitment of PAM for intangible heritage, including the Mediterranean diet, which is linked to food security and sustainability. 

Furthermore, he stressed the need to invest in young generations and intercultural education, based on the shared values of tolerance and dialogue.  He referred to the PAM Academic Platform, which facilitates exchanges of students, and advocated for a Mediterranean Erasmus Plus. 

Senator Amoruso intervened in the second day and highlighted the fundamental role of parliamentary diplomacy and that of civil society, through which critical actions could be implemented at various levels, calling for enhanced cooperation between public institutions and civil society, in order to promote dialogue between different cultures. 

The Seminar concluded with the firm proposal to continue working for preserving and protecting the Mediterranean common heritage and the social, identity and cultural cohesion of its different populations. / /

 

MEDIA INFORMATION:   32/2019

issued on 22.11.2019

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