Participation in Florence’s Workgroup, MAE. Co-operation and Common heritage

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Participation in Florence’s Workgroup, MAE. "Co-operation and Common heritage"

On the 23rd of February 2007, ERA’s President and Secretary took part in a group meeting, held in Florence, together with the Work Group, promoted by the Vice Minister Patrizia Sentinelli and suppoted by the Minister for Foreign Affairs for Co-operation and Development. Professor Riccardo Petrella has been given the respoinsibility to oversee the construction that took place at the IAO (Istituto Agronomico per l’Oltremare) headquarters.

Towards the end of the meeting a debate opened on the first condensed draft of the study report that recorded the correlation between co-operation and common heritage. The underlying message of the meeting to remember was the possibility of building a global community where people can co-operate and equally enjoy the planet’s shared resources.

That not everyone has access to these resources is a problem that not only needs to be supported but it also needs to be managed in a complimentary fashion, across an initiative of everyone’s behalf in order to access our sustainable common heritage. All must be based on respect for diversity and on the adeguate management of infrastructure. In the times that we live in, means of communication that exist in our society are a glorification of society’s positive qualities that must be solidified on behalf of the social and ethnic disadvantages that exist in communication; the possibilities that could arise thanks to equal co-ordination among different associations until the information becomes a credible reality and available to all those individuals belonging to any group.

Raising awareness on the fact that today the planet is at exclusive disposition of the local oligarchies and not available to individuals, can provide a local awareness and an adeguate response to the uncoditional exploitation of resources by a select few, at the expense of the global majority. Common heritage is everyone’s responsibilty, both those identified as a limited collective group as well as those who are greatly disadvantaged. Insufficiency of means can not guarantee an equal approach and it is due to the fact that all the aspects tied to co-operation and development are all directly or indirectly connected to political systems within the state. The proposal to try and change the name of the United Nations Organization to Global Organization of the United Nations would allow individual roles to be valued more than they are now, and these roles would enphasize the importance of preserving resources as well as their function.

* Riccardo Petrella is a political economist and the Brussells adviser for the European Commission and Professor of Globalization at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)


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