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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

Posts Tagged ‘assembly’

Assembly of National Sleep Societies

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 1 Mag 2018

Parma venerdì 4 maggio al Palace Maria Luigia in viale Mentana 140 interverranno all’Assembly of National Sleep Societies il Prorettore alla Ricerca Roberto Fornari e Liborio Parrino, direttore del Centro di Medicina del Sonno dell’Università di Parma. L’evento, presieduto da Liborio Parrino, direttore del Centro di Medicina del Sonno del Dipartimento di Medicina e Chirurgia dell’Università di Parma, ospita la riunione annuale dei Presidenti delle Società Scientifiche di Medicina del Sonno di 31 Paesi europei.Il saluto delle autorità è previsto alle ore 14 del 4 maggio in coincidenza con l’apertura dei lavori: in rappresentanza dell’Ateneo interverrà il Prof. Roberto Fornari, Prorettore alla Ricerca. Seguiranno numerosi interventi di studiosi del sonno di fama internazionale.Il Centro di Medicina del Sonno dell’Ateneo di Parma fa parte della European Network of Sleep Research Laboratories, e rappresenta un punto di riferimento per lo studio della microstruttura del sonno, con collaborazioni scientifiche italiane e internazionali e visite da parte di ricercatori e docenti provenienti da tutto il mondo.

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Lauder urges EU leaders not to allow the extremists to set the agenda

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 29 Mag 2014

BruxellesBRUSSELS / NEW YORK – “The surge of far-right and anti-Semitic parties in a number of countries is a shock and a reason for great worry. European leaders must address this problem urgently and come up with a strategy to fight extremism. The future of European Jewry is a stake if these forces are not reined in. Extremists must not be allowed to set the agenda in Europe,” World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder said in reaction to the results of EU-wide elections for the European Parliament. He urged European governments to enter into a constructive dialogue with the WJC on this issue.
The poll in the 28 EU member states saw a strong showing of xenophobic and anti-Semitic groups in a number of countries, including in Austria, France, Greece and Hungary. Several heads of European Jewish communities shared Lauder’s view.“Jews cannot be expected to remain silent when radical or extremist parties that used to be on the margins of politics make it into the top three in several countries, and in the case of France even come out on top,” said Ronald S. Lauder, adding: “Even if they remain a minority in the new European Parliament, these parties will be able to influence the European agenda, unless they are completely isolated. In the wake of the Brussels and Toulouse murders of Jews, it is high time the EU leaders came up with a credible plan on how to combat anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia on the continent, and how to ensure that Jews and other minorities are protected effectively. In this, the voice of the Jewish communities must be heard and concerns about their safety taken seriously.”WJC Vice-President Roger Cukierman, the head of the Jewish umbrella organization CRIF in France, where the far-right National Front (FN) of Marine Le Pen polled 26 percent of the vote and became the strongest party, declared: “This weekend, we witnessed the deadly attack in Brussels, the anti-Semitic incident in Créteil, and the result of the European elections. We are very worried. While the strong result of the FN can be explained with the economic crisis in France, which must be overcome, it is also of critical importance that the mainstream republican parties reestablish trust with French citizens.”
In Hungary, the extreme-right Jobbik party received 15 percent of the vote nation-wide and again became the third largest political force in the country. In Germany, the extremist NPD polled 1 percent and will send a lawmaker to the Strasbourg-based EU assembly for the first time. The neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, which is openly anti-Semitic and whose leaders have denied the Holocaust, became the third-largest party in Greece and got its best nation-wide result ever, polling 9.4 percent.WJC Vice-President Benjamin Albalas, the head of the Central Board of Greek Jewish Communities (KIS), declared: “It is not only very disappointing that Golden Dawn saw a significant rise in its share of the vote, winning three seats in the European Parliament, but also that other extreme-right parties in Greece and beyond did so well in the elections. A great number of European citizens seem to have forgotten what happened during the Holocaust and World War II. Racism and anti-Semitism are again hitting Europe. It is time for immediate action.”

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Onu: Five members to international court of justice

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 21 agosto 2009

In four rounds of balloting, the General Assembly today elected five judges from an initial pool of eight candidates to the International Court of Justice for nine-year terms that commence on 6 February of 2009.  The election ran independently but concurrently with the Security Council The Assembly sent two current judges, Ronny Abraham (France) and Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh (Jordan), back to theirposts in The Hague by re-electing them, while choosing three new justices, Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade ( Brazil), Christopher Greenwood ( United Kingdom) and Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf ( Somalia), who will sit on the 15-member Court for the first time. The Court’s justices are elected by obtaining an absolute majority of votes in both the Assembly and the Council, without regard to their nationality from among persons of high moral character around the world.  (For Security Council results, see Press Release SC/9494)  Each has the qualifications required in his or her respective country for appointment to the highest judicial office or are juriconsults of recognized competencies in international law.  No two judges can be from the same country and they cannot engage in any other occupation during their term of office. Mr. Abraham ( France), Mr. Al-Khasawneh ( Jordan), Mr. Cançado Trindade ( Brazil) and Mr. Greenwood ( United Kingdom) were elected by both organs in the first round of balloting.  The pool of candidates dropped to seven when the Republic of the Congo withdrew the candidacy of Sayeman Bula-Bula after the third ballot.  The remaining candidates facing off in the fourth round of balloting against Mr. Yusuf ( Somalia) were Miriam Defensor-Santiago ( Philippines) and Maurice Kamto ( Cameroon). Serving as Vice-President of the Court since 2006, Mr. Al-Khasawneh of Jordan has sat on the Court for eight years since his election in 6 February 2000.  According to his curriculum vitae, he is also a member of the Council of the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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Churches embark on reform process

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 luglio 2009

Delegates from Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches meeting for the 13th Assembly of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) have voted overwhelmingly in favour to reform the organisation. After several hours of debate, the Assembly approved a motion which establishes a special working group to carry out a revision of CEC as a whole.  The decision took place on the day when the Assembly was focused on vision, in the context of the Assembly theme, ‘Called to One Hope in Christ’.  The revision of CEC is to include looking at its common purpose, vision, the setting of strategic goals and its structures.   Commenting on the vote the General Secretary of CEC, the Venerable Colin Williams, said: “The Assembly has voted with an overwhelming majority for this proposal.  All of us at CEC will work hard to achieve this important task which has been laid before us.  Together we will work to be a more effective servant in the years to come.”  The new working group will have 15 members, and will be accountable to the Central Committee of CEC.  The CEC Assembly has instructed the working group to publish draft proposals by 31st December 2011, after which member churches are to be consulted.  Final proposals for reform will be brought before a constitutional Assembly meeting in the summer of 2013.  The resolution was adopted by 238 votes in favour and 27 against (with six abstentions) was a composite motion following a compromise between two alternative motions from the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) and a group of Nordic-Baltic Churches.  A subsequent vote on a mandate for the working group was agreed by 241 to 20, with nine abstentions.

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Conference of European Churches

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 luglio 2009

Languages of many regions in Europe and choral music from around the world set an intercultural tone for opening worship at the 13th Assembly of the Conference of European Churches (CEC). The ecumenical service of common prayer was held in the 14th-century Franciscan church of St Bonaventure where delegates and visitors were welcomed by Roman Catholic cardinal Philippe Barbarin, archbishop of Lyon, and Father Athanase Iskos, an Orthodox priest speaking on behalf of the local interchurch council. His Beatitude Anastasios, Orthodox archbishop of Tirana and All Albania and vice-president of CEC, preached on the assembly theme “Called to One Hope in Christ”. Despite the depressing nature of daily news and a widespread attitude of fatalism, he said, “as Christians, we dare to hope”. The archbishop continued, “The hope of our call in Christ does not make us romantic visionaries of an ill-defined future. Hope, accompanied by unshakable faith and unfeigned love, activates all the gifts our God has given us for a creative presence in the events of history”. Such hope opens us not only to contemporary demands and our immediate community but to the promised kingdom of heaven: “We live the local, gazing at the eternal.” The service also featured a personal testimony by Dr Victoria Kamondji, vice-president of the Protestant Federation of France. Born in Sierra Leone and possessing a rich familiarity with migrant religious communities in Europe, she described the basis of her own hope in Christ as the experience of “belonging”. This confidence, she added, has taken “its most concrete form in the church and was shown in a love that transcended social, cultural, racial and language difficulties.” More than 300 delegates and 500 other participants attending the assembly represent some 120 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and Old Catholic churches and related organisations. During the six-day gathering, the Churches’ Commission on Migration in Europe (CCME) will be institutionally integrated as a commission of CEC. The assembly also welcomes into membership the Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church.

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Hope in Christ

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 luglio 2009

Lyon, France, from 15-21 July 2009 13th CEC Assembly meets. Seven hundred and fifty representatives from the Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches in Europe will gather from 15-21 July 2009 in Lyon, France, for the 13th Assembly of the Conference of European Churches (CEC). Coming together around the theme “Called to One Hope in Christ”, delegates from some 120 member churches and 40 associated organisations, together with observers and guests, will review the work of CEC and its Commissions since the 12th Assembly (Trondheim, Norway 2003), set priorities for the next six years, reflect on a possible “vision” for the ecumenical movement in the next two decades and celebrate CEC’s 50th anniversary. The Assembly opens on Wednesday 15 July at 14h30 with a Gathering Service in the historical church of St. Bonaventure (place des Cordeliers, Lyon 2). Participants will be welcomed by Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, and Father Athanase Iskos, representing the local Church council CREL. The sermon will be given by Archbishop Anastasios, head of the Orthodox Church of Albania, followed by a testimony given by Ms Victoria Kamonji, Vice-President of the Protestant Federation of France. After the service participants will return to the Congress Centre of the Cité Internationale de Lyon, venue of the Assembly. The work of the Assembly will go on in the following days with business and thematic plenary sessions, group work, hearings and workshops, and prayer.  Each Assembly day will have a different focus: – Thursday 16 will be the “Hope” day, with reflections on the Assembly theme; – Friday 17 July will be the “Vision” day, looking forward to the future of  the ecumenical movement in Europe; – on Saturday 18 participants will discuss CEC work priorities for the next sis years; – Sunday 19 July will be marked by the celebration of the 50th anniversary of CEC; –  Monday 20 July will be the final decision making day, with participants leaving on Tuesday 21 July. Several speakers will address the Assembly. Among them are Patriarch Daniel from the Romanian Orthodox Church, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, and Bishop Wolfgang Huber, President of the Evangelical Church in Germany. For the complete list of speakers and for the detailed programme, please visit the Assembly website at: http://assembly.ceceurope.org (click on tab: Programme).
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 120 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 associated organisations. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.

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13th Assembly of the Conference of European Churches

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 aprile 2009

“Hope – European voices crossing borders” is a 50 minute film produced by the Danish Church Media Centre (Danske Kirkelige Mediecenter, DKM) for the 13th Assembly of the Conference of European Churches (CEC). Some 700 participants from all over Europe will gather for this Assembly in Lyon, France, from 15-21 July 2009, under the theme “Called to One Hope in Christ”.The film has been made in prepara¬tion for the Lyon Assembly. It is intended that churches, delegates and other participants should use the film as a springboard for their personal and collective reflection in relation to the Assembly theme. The film may be viewed on the CEC Assembly website.In the film, fifteen Christians from all parts of Europe give their personal view of hope for the future of huma¬nity, of society and of the Church. Interviewed people include men and women, lay and ordained, as well as migrant Christians. The film is divided into four sequences: after a brief introduction, participants give their witness on the sub-themes “Hope for Humanity”, “Hope for Europe and the World”, and “Hope for the Churches”. The four sequences aim to foster dialogue and debate around the theme of hope. They are therefore best viewed in groups to share thoughts and discussions after each sequence. The film can, however, also be used beyond the confines of the Assembly by all who wish to focus on “hope” for our future together in Europe, for the churches and for all Europeans.”We offer this DVD to all delegates to the CEC Assembly. It is a means by which they can prepare themselves for exploring what is the “hope” to which we are called as churches seeking to witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Europe of the 21st century. We intend too that it will be of continuing use to all European Christians who wish to live out their calling to live as people of hope”, said the Venerable Colin Williams, General Secretary of CEC.
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 120 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 associated organisations. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.

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