Ponza Prima-Med

per uno sviluppo sostenibile nell’area euro-mediterranea

The Ponza Prima-Med initiative was born out of the Mediterranean Perspectives Association’s commitment to promote sustainable development in the Euro-Med area. Mediterranean Perspectives is a non-profit association – member of the Italian Network for the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue (RIDE), Head of the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) in Italy, which gives its patronage to the initiative – committed to organizing activities, research, and projects aimed at promoting the artistic, religious, cultural, and social diversity of the various collective identities composing the Mediterranean basin.
The initiative’s name is composed of two parts: the word Ponza refers to the Pontine Archipelago, where the 2019 and 2020 editions already took place, and where the 2021 edition is planned. The second part of the name, Prima-Med, refers to the Euro-Med organization Prima Foundation, and its Italian Secretary, inspiring the initiative’s topics: circular economy, climate change and food security.

  • First edition: September 23, 2019 in Ponza, in the framework of the Cerealia Festival
  • Second edition: September 13-14, 2020 in Ponza, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona Declaration
  • Third edition: planned on the island of Ventotene for September 4, 2021

2019 edition

2020 edition

The reason for choosing the location’s initiative, the Pontine Archipelago, lies in its highly symbolic value. The Italian fascist regime confined political dissidents such as Altiero Spinelli, Sandro Pertini, Pietro Nenni, and Umberto Terracini on the Island of Ponza (1937-1939), and then deported them to the nearby Island of Ventotene (1939-1943), where Spinelli wrote the Ventotene Manifesto (For a Free and United Europe. A Draft Manifesto), imagining the rebirth of a democratic and peaceful Europe.

This memory inspired the organizers of the Second edition 2020 of the Ponza Prima-Med initiative to launch the Euro-Med Manifesto on Sustainable Development. On that occasion, the speakers of the inter-institutional conference held on September 14, 2020, in Ponza – including Ambassador Miguel Angel Moratinos, High Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Ambassador Nasser Kamel, Secretary-General of the Union for Mediterranean, Dr. Nabil Al-Sharif, ALF Executive Director, and Prof. Angelo Riccaboni, President of PRIMA Foundation – celebrated, for the first time together, the Euro-Mediterranean Declaration of Barcelona’s values on its eightieth anniversary. The participants agreed on a project proposal to transform the Turtledoves Villa (Villa delle Tortore), located in the middle of the Ponza Island, into a Centre of Innovation and Advanced Training on sustainability, agri-food systems, sustainable development, climate change, blue and circular economies, along with Identitary Cuisine, offering the opportunity of capacity building to younger generations and women in the Mediterranean area.

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