Saturday, November 14, 2015

The world can no longer be bloodied and frightened by a group of fanatics capable of committing the most horrible crimes. A reaction worldwide, which not only has the real and moral strength to act with firmness and diligence now, but allows to know the causes in order to prevent recurrence in the future, is urgently necessary. 

It is clear that partial and scattered actions are not efficient. So is it has been a colossal mistake to weaken the UN system replacing it by plutocratic groups (G.7, G.8, G.20) and to undertake military actions, without at least the consent of the Security Council. 

It is essential a great alliance, leaving aside for the moment aspects and differential criteria, acting together to solve challenges facing all countries without exception. 

Along with terrorism, extreme poverty causes thousands of deaths every day and leads many human beings, helpless, to abandon their places of origin and trying to arrive, in a terrible emigration, which generates more feelings of hate, because of lto ack of solidarity, to countries that today are characterized by confusion, disorder and improvisation. 

Terrorism, extreme poverty ….. and the environment, because the current ecological emergency can shortly reach points of no return that irreversibly affect the habitability of the earth. It would be a historic irresponsibility leaving to the following generations a legacy of very poor living conditions. 

A few weeks ago, in a "joint statement" whose first signatories are, with us, Mijail Gorbachov, Mario Soares, Garry Jacobs (WAAS), Colin Archer (IPB) and François Bernard ( we urged, Facing potentially irreversible procesess, to convene a special session of the United Nations General Assembly for the sole purpose of adopting global measures against these problems, while designing a "road map" leading to the refunding of the United Nations. 

With special urgency now we renew that call. All united against processes that later would not have remedy. Join now, with great urgency, the leaders of countries and regional organizations specially concerned and, above all, agree to convene without delay -to give hope to "We, the peoples ..." as lucidly starts the Charter of the United Nations- a Special Session, which could mark a "new beginning", which is so urgent in these times of anguish and desolation.

Federico Mayor and Roberto Savio

Memory to know what happened. Memory to invent the future

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Memory to know how to act today for the future that has yet to be written. This is our responsibility and our hope: every unique human being able to create.

Memory of the outrages committed in the past ... and at present that stain the Mediterranean of blood and unsupportive lack of solidarity.

Permanent memory that all human beings matters the same.

Permanent memory that there are no world citizens of first class: all equal in dignity!

Memory of future generations.

Memory of the entire Earth.

Memory, every dawn, of the excluded, of those who migrate, of those who die of abandonment.

Memory of the immense creative works of humanity, but above all, memory of every human being, one by one, because it is the most universal and unavoidable heritage that we must protect.

Memory, every moment, of the "other", of the "others", supreme memory of love for all of them, near or distant, because it is often the supreme oblivion, the supreme error.

Memory of the essential mission of intellectuals, scientists, teachers, artists ... to lead the popular mobilization, the outcry, the appropriate voice, the voice of life ... so many who have had to remain silenced, silent, frightened,  obedient...

Because with this memory, with these memories, the paths of tomorrow will be illuminated and will be open for the new era that is envisaged with this "new gaze".

At sunset, you will be judged on love and in memory.

"Real generosity, said Albert Camus, is to give everything at present."

Social and Ecological Emergency. Join the Declaration

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Time is of the essence and, as underscored in Pope Francis and Obama’s messages, it is essential to obtain specific commitments to protect the environment worldwide, to fulfill our responsibilities to future generations that can no longer be postponed. The Paris Environmental Summit that will be held next December cannot fail to take urgent measures to safeguard the habitability of the Earth. 

Positive signs to be taken into account: 

1. The recent Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Ecology commences by underscoring that “The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change”. And he adds, “Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded”. 

2. President Obama’s significant decision, with an emergency plan against climate change saying that “We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it”. 

3. President Mikhail Gorbachev stated in his speech at the International Climate Change Symposium in Rome, 27-29 May 2015 that “Paris is the last chance to stay below 2 degrees Celsius beyond the pre-industrial temperature”. 

4. The Agreement signed by the Mayors of capitals and Major cities under the direction of Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has prepared a great Declaration on “Climate Change: European Commitment and Local Solutions” .