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Posts Tagged ‘resilience’

Parlamento Europeo: Via libera al Recovery Resilience

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 febbraio 2021

Bruxelles. Dichiarazione del Presidente del Parlamento europeo a seguito della votazione sullo Strumento di Ripresa e Resilienza: “L’Unione europea non si ferma e il via libera oggi del Parlamento europeo al Recovery Resilience Facility (Rrf) – il regolamento sugli obiettivi, il finanziamento e le regole di accesso ai fondi europei – è un’altra decisione storica per guidare la ripresa. Questa è l’Europa che corre nella direzione giusta, con soluzioni in forte discontinuità col passato e capace di sostenere i cittadini e la loro vita consentendo agli Stati di avere risorse per programmare il loro futuro”. “Ora la parola passa agli Stati membri per far partire il Next Generation UE. Ci attendiamo che i parlamenti nazionali accelerino la ratifica dell’aumento delle risorse proprie dell’Unione, essenziale per emettere bond e finanziare la ripresa. Non c’è tempo da perdere e ogni ritardo sarebbe un danno enorme a cittadini e imprese”.

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COVID-19: first go-ahead given to the new Recovery and Resilience Facility

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 12 novembre 2020

On Monday, MEPs adopted the Recovery and Resilience Facility, an instrument designed to help EU countries tackling the effects and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Budgets and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees adopted the objectives, financing and the rules for providing funding from the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), with 73 votes to 11 and 15 abstentions.MEPs also adopted a mandate to enter into negotiations with EU governments by 84 votes to 11 and 4 abstentions. They want the mandate to be announced during the upcoming plenary of 11-13 November, to be able to start the talks without delay.MEPs agreed that the RFF should only be made available to member states committed to respecting the rule of law and the European Union’s fundamental values. National recovery and resilience plans would be eligible for financing if they are consistent with six EU priorities – green transition, digital transformation, economic cohesion and competitiveness, social and territorial cohesion, institutional crisis-reaction and crisis preparedness, as well as with Next Generation EU policies, which include the European Skills Agenda, the Youth Guarantee and the Child Guarantee.MEPs also want each plan to contribute at least 40% of its budget to climate and biodiversity and at least 20% to digital actions. The plans should have a lasting impact on EU countries in both social and economic terms and provide comprehensive reform and a robust investment package.MEPs want the amount of €672,5 billion euros in grants and loans to be available to finance national measures designed to alleviate the economic and social consequences of the pandemic, which will be in place from 1 February 2020 onwards. They also want the funding to be available for four years (instead of three as in the Council position) and for EU governments to be able to request up to 20% pre-financing for their recovery and resilience plans, instead of proposed 10%, so that they can react faster and do more. MEPs from the both committees demanded that the Commission (responsible for the RFF implementation) be accountable to the EP, including by submitting a report twice a year outlining how the targets and milestones have been implemented as well as the amounts paid to each EU country. They also stressed that the recipients should ensure that spending under the RRF is visible by clearly labelling the supported projects as “European Union Recovery Initiative”.

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Holocaust Survivors’ Resilience, Strength Commemorated Through Videos Available Online for Yom Hashoah

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 aprile 2020

NEW YORK – With the postponement of international events to mark 75 years since the liberation of the Nazi death and concentration camps and the cancelation of Holocaust commemorations, the World Jewish Congress has produced a selection of videos and films to help people across the globe observe Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, online from the safety of their homes. The compilation is part of AboutHolocaust.org, a site WJC created in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to provide young people with basic facts about the Holocaust.
“Yom Hashoah is the day set aside on the Jewish calendar to remember and mourn the six million Jewish lives that were destroyed in the Holocaust, to honor the bravery and resilience of those who survived, and to ensure that the terrors of the past do not become the future,” said Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress. “In this time of isolation, it is especially imperative that we come together to share the stories of Holocaust survivors and to further disseminate Holocaust education to ensure that never again really means never again.” The World Jewish Congress had planned to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen in Germany by bringing over 50 of the more than 2,000 children who were born in the adjacent Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons camp back to their birthplace. With the postponement of this initiative, the WJC produced an original video about Bergen-Belsen before and after its liberation and the unique identity of the children born in the DP camp’s Glyn Hughes Hospital. Additional videos the WJC has made available include the final testimony of Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor Rachmil (Ralph) Hakman, who died in March after joining the WJC in Poland in January for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau; the 75th anniversary address by WJC President Ronald S. Lauder at the Death Gate of Birkenau on January 27; a CBS Sunday Morning feature about the significance of the Auschwitz site to its survivors, and the ongoing effort to preserve it and its artifacts; an HBO film about a 10-year-old boy learning his family’s history through conversations with his great-grandfather; and a WJC-produced video featuring photographs of daughters of Auschwitz survivors taken by Israeli photographer Debbie Morag. The WJC’s resources are available to Jewish communities, congregations, schools, youth groups, community centers, and the general public.

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A path towards the resilience of Syrian people

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 9 aprile 2019

A recent seminar held at the European Parliament in Brussels brought into sharp focus the situation and resilience of people in Syria, generating responses from diverse Christian voices and European Institutions. The event explored in detail possible, viable and legally durable solutions to promote the future normalization of the lives of Syrians.
The theme of the event was “The next day in Syria: A path towards the resilience of Syrian people” and the speakers touched upon topics including “humanitarian aid for all” and “reconstruction and resilience of Syria” in two consecutive sessions.
Hosted by György Hölvényi MEP and Jan Olbrycht MEP, Co-Chairmen of the European People’s Party (EPP) Working Group on Intercultural and Religious Dialogue, the seminar was organised by the Conference of European Churches, Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), Committee of Representatives of Orthodox Churches to the European Union (CROCEU), and the EPP group in European Parliament.Mairead McGuinness MEP, First Vice-President of the European Parliament, made remarks about the theme in the introductory session of the seminar.
Metropolitan Athanasios of Achaia, Director of the Representative Office of the Orthodox Church of Greece to the European Union, spoke about the challenges faced by Syrians. “We are here to express our sincere concern in a spirit of solidarity in prayer, advocacy and practical support acknowledging our responsibility as Christians for our fellow human beings,” he said.“I believe that our efforts need to be supported by an inspiring global educational activity involving both parents and the youth. The European Institutions should take the initiative to set an example for the education system as a whole,” added Metropolitan Athanasios.Elsy Wakil, regional secretary of the World Student Christian Federation – Middle East and Program Director for Peacebuilding and Overcoming Violence was among the speakers. She highlighted the realities faced by Lebanon due to refugee crisis in the Middle East, and its impact on youth. “Immigration has become a phenomenon increasing year after year for the last couple of decades leaving a huge lack of opportunities for young people to build up and enjoy the country where they belong. It is no secret that Lebanon was not prepared politically, socially and economically to receive a huge number of Syrian refugees.”
Amidst these challenges, she said “it’s the time to talk about the rebuilding of Syria and return of the Syrian refugees to their country.” She highlighted ten points why however currently return of the Syrian refugees is unrealistic.
The discussions conveyed the significance of churches’ concern and work for the Syrian people in different areas such as education, healthcare, psychological-social and spiritual support, humanitarian aid and promoting their right to normal daily life in their homes.

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“Advances in collective intelligence: crowds, big-data and community resilience”

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 settembre 2017

villa del grumello1Como. Dal 18 al 22 settembre a Villa del Grumello a Como si terrà “Advances in collective intelligence: crowds, big-data and community resilience”, diciassettesima Lake Como School of advanced studies, l’iniziativa promossa dalla Fondazione Alessandro Volta di Como che realizza attività di formazione post universitaria rivolte a giovani ricercatori. Gli ultimi anni hanno visto una crescente popolarità e maturità della ricerca sull’intelligenza collettiva, attivata dai progressi della tecnologia dell’informazione e scienza dei sistemi complessi.
L’intelligenza collettiva è definita come una intelligenza condivisa o di gruppo, emergente dalla collaborazione, dagli sforzi collettivi, e dalla concorrenza di molti agenti (umani o altro). La disciplina si sviluppa in una ricerca interdisciplinare, che coinvolge l’informatica, le scienze cognitive, le scienze politiche, l’economia, l’antropologia, la teoria dell’organizzazione, la giurisprudenza, la sociobiologia, e le scienze di rete. Inoltre, la ricerca e le applicazioni dei big data creano nuove opportunità per sviluppare la progettazione di nuove linee per la crescita dell’intelligenza collettiva verso molti sistemi complessi e organizzazioni. Lo scopo principale della Scuola è quello di mostrare ai partecipanti i temi e gli strumenti più rilevanti a supporto di nuovi scenari di ricerca e di applicazione includendo l’intelligenza collettiva, concentrandosi su due temi principali: fenomeni della folla (ad esempio, crowdsourcing, gestione della folla) e resilienza della comunità (l’abilità costante di una comunità di utilizzare le risorse disponibili per rispondere, resistere, e uscire da situazioni avverse).In occasione della scuola, inoltre, la Fondazione Alessandro Volta organizza l’incontro aperto al pubblico “Intelligenza Collettiva e complessità urbana: nuovi scenari e nuove opportunità” che si terrà mercoledì 20 settembre presso la Sala Stemmi di Palazzo Cernezzi a Como. Interverranno Stefania Bandini dell’Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca e Hiroko Kudo della Chuo University (Giappone).

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International Tourism

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 luglio 2010

Madrid, Spain, International tourist arrivals grew by 7% in the first four months of 2010 according to the latest issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This growth confirms the recovery trend beginning in the last quarter of 2009 and comes despite the challenging conditions of recent months. While April’s results were affected by the week-long closure of European airspace, globally the pace of recovery is faster than initially expected, driven largely by emerging markets. For the full year 2010, UNWTO forecasts international tourist arrivals to grow by 3% to 4%.  2010 – January-April results Other industry indicators such as air transport, which grew 6% in the first four months of 2010 according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), confirm the resilience of the tourism sector and the fact that recovery is underway. Data from the accommodation sector also reflects improved performance, with occupancy and average room rates on the rise again.  International tourist arrivals from January to April 2010 totalled over 258 million. This clear improvement has to be compared with the negative results of 2009, the worst period of the crisis, totalling 242 million arrivals. The current volume is still 2% short of the record year 2008, with 264 million arrivals in the same four months. 2010 results will continue to benefit from the gradually improving economic situation, as well as from a number of high profile events including the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the FIFA Football World Cup in South Africa, the World Exposition in Shanghai and the Commonwealth Games in India. Unfortunately, tourism has also suffered the effects of a series of natural disasters, including earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, Southern California and Guatemala and severe flooding in a number of destinations including Machu Picchu (Peru) and parts of Europe.

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