Program: Day One - Florence, November 7, 2017


“If the unity of Nations is not yet possible, we believe the unity of Cities is.”
Giorgio La Pira, Mediterranean Dialogues, 1967

Special Opening Event: Robert. F. Kennedy Foundation Annual Gala.
08.00 pm - Salone dei Cinquecento, Florence, November 6th

Day One, November 7, 2017
Salone dei Cinquecento, Palazzo Vecchio Home of the Florence City Hall

08.30 am - 09.00 am

Session I – The Mediterranean, Cradle of Dialogue.
The Sea “in between lands”, as by its etymology, has been over the centuries an economic, social and cultural crossroad between Europe, Africa and Asia; between East and West, North and South. This complexity requires broader political strategies and a worldwide vision to tackle the root causes of our challenges and to turn them in to an opportunity for stability and Peace. Cities can be the very core of this strategy by developing a network to address and support strategic decisions at government levels and integrating equity to development agendas as an issue of social justice. To bridge inequality by improving social, economic and environmental conditions worldwide, is an opportunity to think, build, and live differently, by facing the challenge of Resilience in this age of rapid urbanization and climate change.

09.00 am - 10.00 am

Opening remarks by Maarten Van Aalderen, “De Telegraaf” correspondent and Vice President of the Foreign Press Association in Italy.

Welcome speech and remarks by the Mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella

Address speech by Staffan De Mistura - United Nations and Arab League Envoy to Syria- video contribution. - T.B.D.

Address speech by Joan Clos, Executive Director UN HABITAT. – video contribution.

Address Speech by Mrs. Kerry Kennedy - President of the “Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights”.

09.45 am - 11.30 am

Session II: Mediterranean and Global Scenarios
The quest for natural and energy resources and the rage for their control in modern societies has led to social and economic crisis, climate change, communities exploitation and cultural impoverishment. As a result, we witness worldwide conditions of permanent conflict, in relation to which the traditional concept of progress itself looses its meaning. The Mediterranean seems to embody now more than ever the consequences of fragile yet necessary balances. From migrations to the relations between Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the Mediterranean is the area that geographically not only suggests but demands a strategy based on dialogue and a global vision. For these reasons Politics, Economy, Environment, social growth and valorisation of Cultural Heritage, both material and immaterial, have to be different angles of a whole vision to rethink the relation between the humankind and the planet.

Giorgio La Pira – The Mayor of Dialogue across borders.
In collaboration with Fondazione Giorgio La Pira
Video contribution.

Prof. Mario Primicerio, President, Fondazione Giorgio la Pira.

Giovanni Minoli, journalist. “Giorgio La Pira and his heritage”- The powerful intuition of a Mayor who envisioned the strategic role of cities to foster dialogue between world leaders and countries. - 11.15 am
Intercultural Dialogue

Msgr. Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

Izzedin Elzir, Imam of Florence and President of UCOII

Prof. Saul Meghnagi, Commissioner for Youth and Education of the U.C.E.I. – Union of the Italian Jewish Communities.
Pierpaolo Donati, Professor of Sociology at the University of Bologna. PASS Academician.

11.15 am -11.30 am
Address speech by Mario Giro, Vie Minister for Foreign Affairs

11.30 am - 11.45 am

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. presenting the “UNDER 2 MoU” Memorandum of Understanding on Subnational Global Climate Leadership – video contribution.

Veerabhadran Ramanathan, United Nation’s Champion of Earth and Distinguished Professor of Climate Sciences, University of California at San Diego. PASS Academician.
“Extreme Risks of Climate Change and Ten Solutions to Protect People and Ecosystem”

12.00 pm - 1.00 pm

Session III : Youth and dialogue. Students address to local communities and leaders.

University of Florence - “Practise Peace, change your world” – Developing ICT tools to foster democracy and dialogue.
A project by Davide Bonaiuti, Benjamin Robson Di Lullo e Francesco Lavanga.
Curated by Prof. Silvia Guetta, Professor – Department of Education and Psychology University of Florence, Italy.

New York University - Florence.
“Intercultural Dialogue and the Development of Character and Tolerance”.
Eilish Anderson, Qixiu Fu, Ward Hejazi, Feiran Lyu, Nikola Nenkov, Ruoying Tao.

The School for Intercultural and Inter Religous Dialogue
A project born during the first edition of Unity in Diversity, November 2015.
Mons. Andrea Bellandi, Imam Izzedin Elzir, Rav Joseph Levi.

01.00 pm
Premio La Pira
The Heritage of Mayor Giorgio La Pira 40 years later. In collaboration with Fondazione Giorgio La Pira

01.15 pm - 02.45 pm
Lunch break

02.45 pm - 05.30 pm
Mayors open talk session, “Urban dialogues”
During this session mayors will be invited to discuss the topics addressed in the morning to share crucial issues and compare solutions.

06.30 pm
Pick up point in Palazzo Vecchio – Transfer to Train Station

07.30 pm
Departure to Rome