ROME, OCTOBER 26 – “History, both past and present, is full of stories of great women mediators. With the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network, we want to write many more,” the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, said today in his address to the the founding conference of the “Mediterranean Women Mediators Network” (MWMN), one of the qualifying initiatives of Italy’s mandate within the UN Security Council (UNSC), organised by the MAECI in conjunction with the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and the WIIS Italia (Women in International Security).
A new network, to write a new chapter in the history of world peace: “Some people think that mediation is the path chosen if you are weak. Exactly the contrary is true. You choose mediation idk you are strong, if you strive towards a meeting point instead of a confrontation”, Alfano said.
Following Minister Alfano’s opening remarks, the event – moderated by Hon. Lia Quartapelle, President of the Honorary Board of WIIS Italia – continued with comments by Ambassador Luca Giansanti, by the Deputy Executive Director of UNWOMEN, Yannick Glemarec, by the Director of the IAI, Nathalie Tocci, and by the President of WIIS, Irene Fellin.
In addition to the 47 women mediators that started off the network, the event was attended by representatives of the Diplomatic Missions of the Countries of origin of the women mediators (Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Jordan, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Monaco, Montenegro, Palestine, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey), and members of the academic world, as well as experts on mediation and on the on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.
After the opening session, the conference agenda continued with a high-level round table with the participation of the representatives of other EU and OSCE women mediators networks (Catherine Samba Panza, former President of the Central African Republic on behalf of the African Women Mediators for Peace and Swedish diplomat Ann Dismorr on behalf of the Nordic Women Mediators Network), and of Judit Simanca Herrera, former member of the FARC guerrilla who took part in the peace negotiations in Colombia. Three working groups followed the round table to agree on the text of the Declaration of Intent and Founding Principles of the Networks, their working method and a Roadmap for 2018-2019. (@OnuItalia)