Third Edition Agenda.


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

Florence, November 7, 2017 - Rome, November 8, 2017

Special Opening Event: Robert. F. Kennedy Foundation Annual Gala.
07.00pm - Salone dei Cinquecento, Florence, November 6th

Day One, November 7, 2017
Salone dei Cinquecento, Palazzo Vecchio Home of the Florence City Hall
08.30 -09.00am: Registration

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.

09.15am -10.00am

Welcome speech and remarks by the Mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella
Address speech by Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs Mario Giro
Address speech by Staffan De Mistura - United Nations and Arab League Envoy to Syria. [TBC]
Address speech by Joan Clos, Executive Director UN HABITAT.


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.

10.00-10.45: Intercultural Dialogue

  • Msgr. Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
  • Izzedin Elzir, Imam of Florence and President of UCOII
  • *Noemi Di Segni, President of the U.C.E.I. – Union of the Italian Jewish Communities. [TBD]
  • Pierpaolo Donati, Professor of Sociology at the University of Bologna. PASS Academician


  • Verabhadran 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”
  • Ignacio Rodríguez Iturbe, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University. Stockholm Water Prize, 2002. PAS Academician

10.45am - 11.00am
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. presenting the “UNDER 2 MoU” Memorandum of Understanding on Subnational Global Climate Leadership

11.00am - 11.30am
Mayors open talk session.

11.30am-11.45am: coffee break

12.00pm- 12.30pm

Session III: Youth and Human Rights

  • Mrs. Kerry Kennedy - President of the “Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights”
  • 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 Psycology University of Florence, Italy.
  • New York University Florence. [TBD]

12.30pm - 01.00pm
Premio LaPira – The Heritage of Mayor Giorgio La Pira 40 years later. In collaboration with Fondazione Giorgio La Pira

01.00pm - 02.30pm: Lunch break

02.30pm- 05.00pm
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 .

06.30pm: Departure to Rome

Day Two, November 8, 2017
Vatican City, Casina Pio IV

09am - 01.30pm
Plenary - Mayors will be called to exchange their vision on Climate Change and Human Dignity.

Opening remarks by Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

Address speech by the Mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella and the Promoting Committee .

Mayors open talk session.

01.30pm: Lunch break