Today, all Christian faithful celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. We would like to take part in this celebration by making memory of a birth that concerns us closely, the creation of the United World Project. We are going to do it through the words that a member of the Youth for a United World, Leticia Carneiro, pronounced on November 15, 2016, in Paris, at the UNESCO headquarters, during the "Reinventing Peace" event.
"Fatou networked 212 communities from Senegal, thus paving the way to new social and commercial relationships. Reinhard, a 55 years-old Austrian man, after receiving 27 stab wounds, has forgiven his tentative killer. Pamela gave her major contribution to start off the Permanent Schools for Peace in Ecuador. What do Fatou, Reinhard, and Pamela have in common? The three of them believe in universal brotherhood, and along with them, hundreds of thousands people all over the world.
A friend of the United World Project who lives in Lucca, Italy, informed us about an initiative that has been promoted by her Municipality since 2013, on the occasion of the World Day for the Rights of Children and Adolescents: the recognition of a symbolic citizenship conferred to minors who were born in Italy from foreign parents and residing in the Municipality of Lucca. We report about it through an interview with the mayor of Lucca, Alessandro Tambellini.
"For us, this recognition is the symbol of the reception by a community. It is making these people feel citizens like the ones who are receiving them, because they are citizens in full capacity," says Alessandro Tambellini, Lucca’s first citizen. Since 2013, the Lucca municipal administration has recognized symbolic citizenship to minors who were born in Italy from foreign parents and reside in the Municipality of Lucca, but they are not in possession of Italian citizenship, as well as to those minors who, although not born in Italy, have been living in the Municipality of Lucca for at least two years, and are enrolled on an educational, scholastic, or training path.
This year, 38 of them have been recognized symbolic citizenship. Among them, children from all continents: Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe: "In fact, among the new citizens there are also children of Romanian and English origin,” explains the mayor.
Chantal Grevin, "ambassador" of the NGO New Humanity to UNESCO, shared with us something about her life, her work, and a new proposal for the United World Week.
"From my window everything looks white," Chantal Grevin tells me via Skype, with her beautiful French accent. "A lot of snow has come down, mixed with ice." Chantal lives with her family in Arny, in the French Citadel of the Focolare Movement, 35 km south of Paris. In a few days, she will turn 69 and she is preparing to celebrate her birthday with her family - her husband, their four children, and their eight grandchildren.
Chantal is a jurist and, for many years, she has been working in her local city hall as a citizen rights consultant. Since 2008, she has been the lead representative of New Humanity, the NGO inspired by the values, culture, and life of the Focolare Movement (Movimento dei Focolari), to UNESCO.
Chantal Grevin, first representative of the NGO New Humanity, participated in the 39th Session of UNESCO Member States General Conference in Paris, where she presented some good practices proposed by the Youth for a United World in the fight against violent extremism, and for the promotion of peace.
«Since 2012, UNESCO has developed in its programs a conceptual tool with enormous potential: global citizenship. Just as UNESCO had the audacity in 1978 to speak of the "world heritage of mankind", thus going beyond the national framework, so today UNESCO advances the notion of "global citizenship…».
During her speech, Dr. Grevin congratulated UNESCO's choice to promote the concept of global citizenship as a key solution to solve the problem of violent extremism, a solution that can also be achieved through education to become a world-person, a global citizen.
Chantal Grevin, specifically, presented the experience of the Youth for a United World and their commitment to the United World Project, for the dissemination of universal brotherhood.
In the city of Rosario, Argentina, a group of Youth for a United World made a shared vegetable garden in the backyard of a suburban school and taught the students how to cultivate and take care of it.
For three years now, the Youth for a United World of Rosario have been sharing some one-day activities with the students of the "Mary Mother of the Civilization of Love" school on the outskirts of the city, where they collaborated to decorate common spaces such as courtyards and corridors.
2012 - 2016 United World Project - Youth for a United World (New Humanity)
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