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The conference “Oncity: networks of light to inhabit the world”, an international workshop on citizenship for the common good, has ended today in Castel Gandolfo (Rome).

In three days of workshop there were a variety of experts’ interventions, testimonials and group work. About 900 people from over 30 countries on five continents attended, with a very large and significant presence of young people.

OnCity is organised by the Umanità Nuova Movement, Youth for a United World, New Humanity NGO and AMU: all organizations that are deeply rooted in the Focolare Movement, committed to the building of a united and fraternal world between individuals, communities and peoples.

The workshop was developed around three major issues related to the city, used as a metaphor for any human coexistence: city in dialogue, city in action, networked city. Nearly 50 interventions covered a vast amount of different topics with a multiplicity of visions, approaches! The conference showed, however, a unifying element: the need to educate and to be educated to the concept of active citizenship, in the ways required by the various contexts. In this sense the group work have given everyone the chance to creatively prove themselves in 32 different laboratories!

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As soon as possible, we will add to the web the specific contents of the various reports and photos of the conference. Currently we thank all those who took part, including our live stream followers!

 

The three-day event organised by the Umanità Nuova Movement, Youth for a United World and AMU will start in Castel Gandolfo (Rome) on Friday 1st April.

The OnCity conference, an “international workshop on citizenship for the common good” will be divided into three major themes: city in dialogue, city in action, networked city.

The topics are widely extensive and sweep a variety of different visions, approaches and perspectives; however, an element universally recognized from the start is undoubtedly the need to educate and to be educated to the concept of active citizenship.

AMU’s detached teacher for development education projects, Cecilia Landucci, writes on AMU News n. 1/2016: “Nowadays educating the community to active, responsible and united citizenship means … to face the challenge of pacifying the right to global citizenship with the local citizenship, sharing the heritage of human values which make a person: relationship, social bond, participation, freedom, work, responsibility, cooperation, mutual respect, solidarity, fraternity.”

In the same article Elena Peace, teacher, tells us how citizenship education can constructively be present in everyday teaching.

For those who want to deepen and “enter” in the conference issues, a preview of the full article (Italian only) can be downloaded at this link >>>

 

The project Making System Beyond Hospitality started, with the aim of creating employment integration opportunities for 50 young people: asylum seekers and Italians without families.
Nominations came from 107 youths, being accommodated in host communities !
In Catania and Ragusa guidance interviews are actually ongoing in order to select participants for the professional training for this year.
An exciting experiment to go beyond the emergency management of the hospitality and to Making System for the good of all !

With AFN Onlus and Società Cooperativa Fo.Co.

To learn more go to the project >>>

 

Everyone has the right to have access to drinking water, but for too many it is still only a distant dream.
Today is the designated day to share more information and raise awareness on the current water issues and act upon it so that this fundamental human right will not only remain to be vague promise.

We would like to point out the International Campaign “WaterHumanrighttretay” and its website www.waterhumanrighttreaty.org to join the campaign and support it.
The goal is to urge the international community to establish legally binding rules on the right to water to reemphasize the UN resolution of 2010.
The Italian Committee for a World Water Contract (CICMA) summarized the principles and formulated concrete solutions to allow for the “human right to water and sanitation” in a draft protocol.

In particular:
• Define water as a common public good, share it and therefore show solidarity
• Claim the mandatory nature of the human right to water, even in exceptional circumstances (war)
• Affirm the principles of precaution and sustainability to ensure access to water for future generations
• Define the concept of ownership and responsibility, which should not be interpreted differently by individual States
• Introduce the principle of non-discrimination and emphasizes the protection and priorities of vulnerable groups
• Define proper use of water by prioritizing it for nutrition, food and hygiene
• Quantify potential access to water within a vicinity of 1000 meters and 500 meters to toilets
Further reading: www.contrattoacqua.it
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The expectations on the success of the truce in Syria that started on 26th February were never high. All the stakeholders were facing numerous difficulties, let alone the challenge to meet and sit around the same negotiating table. Despite several incidents, the truce does continue to hold, while the dialogue on Syria continues to be held between Russia and the US.
Therefore, some hope is building up towards finding a reasonable solution and even the UN representatives in charge of the negotiations speak of “fragile glimmers of hope”.
According to a Syrian humanitarian organization, 177 hospitals were destroyed and about 700 doctors, nurses and other health personnel were killed since 2011 (source: esteri.diariodelweb.it).
Consequently, the situation of Syrian patients is often dramatic as they are left to themselves in dire cobditions. Among the aid that AMU sends to Syria, one objective is to deal with this health emergency in the city of Kafarbo, near Hama, where members of the Focolare Movement have agreed to provide support to those in need. Approximately a hundred people receive assistance, which is not only materialistic in nature, as a supporter from the local community tells us:

“We see sick people and learn about everyone’s story and after each visit we return with a feeling of touching something sacred. Once we visited a family where the father had gone to a neighbouring country in difficult and mysterious circumstances. He left his wife and four children without any moral or economic support and did not share any information on his whereabouts. The eight-year-old daughter is seriously ill and suffers growth retardation. Her mother was in tears while she told us about herself; I could not stop myself and I cried with her. Then we prayed together and asked the Lord to bring joy to the family.
Together with the local community we also supported them financially. During our second visit we brought some food to the family, but we noticed that they could not afford to heat their house. So we quickly allocated a small amount of gas oil. Then we found out what the children were missing, so other young people from the community helped out with clothing and other small things. It was nice because it was a gift given by children to children. His wife thanked us so much, saying that with our visits joy came back to her house. After some time news arrived from her husband which gave them peace of mind and the situation of the family has begun to improve.”
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