We reached in Portugal, via Skype, Carlos Palma, President of the Youth World Peace Forum, to learn about the prospects of peace open from the third edition of the Forum that ended in Madaba, Jordan, on September 25, 2017. The projects being promoted include a protocol for the dissemination of a culture of peace, "The Charta Peace".

YWPF1Carlos, though at a distance, we have followed the Forum: we got news from the work camp for the Madaba refugees, along with many greetings and encouragement messages from all over the world, as well as about the Forum, where hundreds of young peacemakers from all over the world have engaged in dialogue, shared their experiences, and their “different” commitment to peace ... Can you tell us something more about what you lived in those days?

"Let us begin with the camp: there were 100 young people coming from 30 countries, some thirty of whom came from various cities in Syria, from Baghdad, and from the Palestine... With all of them, as you said, we lived this experience of the work camp for Iraqi and Syrian refugees. We visited and repaired their homes, while listening not without emotion to their stories, strongly marked by traumatic events, by physical and psychological wounds. We played with their children, we worked with some of them who are mosaicists and survive only through the sale of their small works of art, while waiting to leave Jordan heading to other countries. This experience has disclosed us a daily reality of refugees that is very different from what reported by the media. Their stories, often very hard, have sparked in us very deep emotions! I can say in the name of everyone that the encounter with these people has marked our lives forever!"

Argentina – The Sustainable and Supportive Tourism Program of the Argentinian Northwest (TSNOA), with the “Conectando Destinos, Uniendo Personas” (“Connecting Fates, Uniting People”) Project, has won third prize in the “Innovar para Viajar” (Innovate to Travel) contest sponsored by the Argentinian Ministry of Tourism. Thanks to this prize, the TSNOA network will be able to create an online platform to publicize the touristic proposal of its 60 entrepreneurs, and it will have the chance to take part in a training course for business incubators. But what is its value from the United World Project’s point of view? Let’s find it out in Anita Martinez's new article.

TSNOAeng1The advertisement of one of the most popular adventure and nature channels in Argentina argues that "the world needs fewer tourists and more explorers".
Today, people begin their travels with the latest model cameras, ready to post live "stories" on their favorite social networks, posting different hashtags to get the most possible “likes”. They choose the classic touristic destinations, take selfies in front of the most famous monuments and, to avoid any risks, for lunch or dinner they choose worldwide fast food chains over rare traditional restaurants, which are becoming even more "international" and less typical.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with practicing this kind of tourism. Traveling, however, is something else. And exploring…means becoming part of the place we visit, building relationships, and contaminating our culture.

A travel style that forms the basis of the Sustainable and Supportive Tourism Program of the Argentinian Northwest (TSNOA), a local development project aimed at improving the economic conditions and the quality of life of underprivileged communities by promoting sustainable and supportive tourism. The tourist business thus becomes a job that allows local people to increase their activities, to become aware of their talents and values, to be able to donate them, and grow as people and as a community.

Furthermore, this project allows to safeguard local identities, respect the environment, and develop fraternal hospitality. This means that it creates the opportunity for those who need work to responsibly take advantage of the resources that their land makes available to them and, for those who want to have a different tourism experience, to discover the world from the point of view of the others, becoming part of a local community.

What is the value of including relational goods in your company budget? This question was answered by Ms. Enrica Bruneri, UNI-MECC, to the guests of the “Polo Lionello Bonfanti,” waiting for LoppianoLab 2017.

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"My name is Enrica Bruneri, I am married and mother of two daughters. Since 2015, I have been at the head of the mechanical engineering company UNI-MECC, located in Cafasse, in the Province of Turin, Italy, specialized in the production of steel and aluminum particulates."

Enrica is visibly moved when sharing her experience to an audience of seventy people gathered at the Polo Lionello Bonfanti, Burchio, Province of Florence, Italy – the point of reference for all the Italian companies participating in the Economy of Communion project: "My Father Roberto, who founded it in 1965, attached much importance to relationships within the company. He used to say that we had to stay united and friends with all the employees, who were, in his vision, an active part of the company, a value."

It’s 2011, and Mariangela is 26 years old. She has a degree in foreign languages under her belt and a dream in her heart: turning her love of dancing into a project that can encourage dialogue among people of different cultural backgrounds living in her city, Catania. This is her story.

mir eng 1Catania is becoming more and more multicultural, yet the path to integration seems long and difficult. Aware of the power of dance as a means of communication, Mariangela, who has studied this art form since childhood, begins to nurture the idea of starting a dance company with young people from different cultural backgrounds. With the help of the local Diocesan Caritas, which provides a room for the first auditions and rehearsals, the Compagnia Multietnica DanzaMIR (MIR Multiethnic Dance Company) takes its first steps. Its name is above all a statement – in Russian, the word mir means both world and peace.

Over the years, the company has welcomed young people of different age groups and nationalities: Sri Lankan, Indian, Slovakian, Eritrean, Egyptian, Turkish and Italian. None of them is a professional dancer, but they all have something in common: the desire to share their inner world, their cultural and artistic heritage with one another, and to blend these rich characteristics into a style that incorporates typical rhythms and moves from every country.

Notes from the Half Marathon for Peace in Rome

Via Pacis engIt's only 7:20 am on a late Sunday morning and usually when I leave at this time of the day, the city is still asleep, as shown by the miraculously empty underground carriages offering a wide choice of available seats! This is not the case today: the underground is already packed with people: youths, families, elderly people, groups of friends, all wide awake and with something in common: everybody is wearing - yours truly included - sports clothes and running shoes.

The stop is the same for everyone - Ottaviano, in the Prati neighbourhood of Rome, not far from Saint Peter’s. In fact, in just over an hour and a half, the first edition of the Rome Half Marathon Via Pacis will start.

YWPF Day 2

100 youths from 30 countries meeting together in Madaba (Jordan) for 5 days working with and for refugees. Second Day.

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