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The Forum

Overview

The Forum is the culmination of the MEM Summer Summit. The high-profile two-day public event brings together leaders, decision-makers, entrepreneurs, scholars and intellectuals to discuss pressing issues of the MEM region. Topics range from new geopolitical configurations to migration dynamics, through security in the Mediterranean health and food systems, endangered cultural heritage, to Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, and municipalities in the region.

Young change-makers have a unique opportunity for exchanging views with senior representatives and experts, and presenting the ideas and project-proposals elaborated during the Seminar.

The Programme

Bettina Müller
MC and presenter, Journalist RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera

Myassa Djebara
MEM Young Change-Maker 2018 and Co-presenter

Hatim El Otmani
MEM Young Change-Maker 2018 and Co-presenter

 

Saturday 24 August

 

Sunday 25 August

The health and well-being of populations are significantly influenced by socio-economic, environmental and cultural conditions as well as by inequalities. The so-called “social determinants of health” describe the circumstances in which people are born, grow up, live, work and age, and the systems put in place to deal with illness. Several surveys and studies have shown that these social determinants are closely connected with health conditions, which are generally worse in disadvantaged socioeconomic environments. Inequality is widely recognised as a major obstacle to development. The reduction of inequalities within and among countries is central to the SDGs of the 2030 Agenda. The Middle East Mediterranean region is afflicted by various long-term humanitarian crises, the displacement of population, and gender inequality. The situation in some countries of the Middle East Mediterranean region is so critical that it makes it very hard to guarantee every citizen access to healthcare.  In the refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan, for instance, there are major mental health problems. This complex topic was debated by experts from the World Health Organisation, politicians, and diplomats.

Pio Wennubst
Vice Director General, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Switzerland

Benedetto Saraceno
Psychiatrist, Director Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse of WHO, SG Lisbon Institute for Global Mental Health, Italy and Portugal

Maha El-Adawy
MD and Director, Health Protection and Promotion, WHO Office Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, Egypt

Souad Abderrahim
Mayor of Tunis, Tunisia

Rabih El Chammay
Psychiatrist, Saint Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon

Hichem Touahria
Young change-maker

Emiliano Albanese
Moderator – Professor, Università della Svizzera italiana; Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Training in Mental Health, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Often, regional co-operation is both the objective and the instrument of projects that involve actors from different countries and different sectors of a region. There have been several success stories, including the CERN SESAME project, launched in Jordan in 2017, which brought together the Palestinian National Authority and Israel, with Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Pakistan, and Turkey. The panel discussed various forms of diplomacy – scientific, cultural, and artistic – used to promote intercultural dialogue. The discussion focused on the Sommet des deux rives, the AtWork project of the Moleskine Foundation, and on the projects supported by the Union for the Mediterranean, a consortium of 43 member states.

Herwig Franz Schopper
Advisor, Experimental Physicist, Former Director General CERN and Founding Father of SESAME, Middle East, Jordan

Elena Korzhenevich
Co-Founder and AtWork Program Director, Moleskine Foundation, Italy

Enrico Granara
Minister Plenipotentiary, Coordinator Euro-Mediterranean Multilateral Activities, Directorate General for Political and Security Affairs, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation MAECI, Italy

Cristian Chiavetta
Environmental Engineer and Industrial Researcher, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development ENEA, Italy

Derek Lutterbeck
Deputy Director and Holder of the Swiss Chair, Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, University of Malta MEDAC, Malta

Maher S. M. Dudeen
Young change-maker

Rolla Scolari
Moderator – Journalist, Italy

This panel has been designed to bring together the results of the dialogue and comprehensively to express various visions emerging from the participatory and multivoiced work carried out by the young change-makers during the Seminar.

Myassa Djebara
MEM Young change-maker 2018 and Co-presenter

Hatim El Otmani
MEM Young change-maker 2018 and Co-presenter

Mohamed Adnene Ben Hajd Yahia
Young change-maker

Khadija El Alami
Young change-maker

Gibran Kokou Freitas
Young change-maker

Abdalfatah Tallouzi
Young change-maker

Gilles Kepel
Moderator – Professor and Scientific Director of the Middle East Mediterranean Freethinking Platform, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland; PLS Paris Sciences et Lettres-École Normale Supérieure, France

Boas Erez
Moderator – Rector, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

Boas Erez
Rector, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

Full programme of the Forum 2019: 

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Speakers

The Presenters

BETTINA MÜLLER

MC and Presenter

Journalist, RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera

MYASSA DJEBARA

Co-presenter

MEM Young Change-Maker 2018

HATIM EL OTMANI

Co-presenter

MEM Young Change-Maker 2018

The Speakers

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SOUAD ABDERRAHIM

Mayor of Tunis, Tunisia

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HE CARMELO ABELA

Minister, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Republic of Malta

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EMILIANO ALBANESE

Professor, Università della Svizzera italiana; Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Training in Mental Health, University of Geneva, Switzerland

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ROBERTO ANTONINI

Journalist, RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera, Switzerland

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MANUELE BERTOLI

State Councilor, Republic and Canton of Ticino, Switzerland

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MARCO BORRADORI

Mayor, City of Lugano, Switzerland

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LORENZO CANTONI

Prorector and Professor, UNESCO Chair, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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OLMO GIOVANNINI

Film historian, Communication Officer at the Dicastero cultura, sport ed eventi, City of Lugano, Switzerland

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MARINA CAROBBIO GUSCETTI

President, National Council, Switzerland

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HE IGNAZIO CASSIS

Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Switzerland

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CRISTIAN CHIAVETTA

Environmental Engineer and Industrial Researcher, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development ENEA, Italy

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LORENZO CREMONESI

Journalist and Middle East Correspondent, Corriere della Sera, Italy

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ISHAC DIWAN

Professor, PSL – Paris Sciences et Lettres, École normale supérieure, France

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STEFANO DOMINIONI

Executive Secretary, Council of Europe Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA); Director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes, Luxembourg

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RABIH EL CHAMMAY

Psychiatrist, Saint Joseph University, Lebanon

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MAHA EL-ADAWY

MD and Director, Health Protection and Promotion, WHO Office Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, Egypt

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LAZARE ELOUNDOU ASSOMO

Director, Culture and Emergencies, UNESCO, France

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BOAS EREZ

Rector, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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AMOS GITAÏ

Filmmaker and Author, Israel

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ENRICO GRANARA

Minister Plenipotentiary, Coordinator Euro-Mediterranean Multilateral Activities, Directorate General for Political and Security Affairs, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation MAECI, Italy

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SUZY HATOUGH

Director, Middle East Travel and Tourism Development Network, Middle East University, Jordan

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NASSER KAMEL

General Secretary, Union for the Mediterranean UPM, Spain

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KARIN KNEISSL

Ambassador; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs; Analyst, Austria

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GILLES KEPEL

Professor and Scientific Director of the Middle East Mediterranean Freethinking Platform, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland; PLS Paris Sciences et Lettres-École Normale Supérieure, France

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ELENA KORZHENEVICH

Co-Founder and AtWork Program Director, Moleskine Foundation, Italy

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DEREK LUTTERBECK

Deputy Director and Holder of the Swiss Chair, Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies MEDAC, University of Malta, Malta

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SAFWAN M. MASRI

Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development, Columbia University, USA

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EL MOUHOUB MOUHOUD

Professor, University of Paris Dauphine PSL, France

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EDUARDO SANTANDER

Executive Director, European Travel Commission (ETC), Belgium

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BENEDETTO SARACENO

Psychiatrist; Director Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse of WHO, SG Lisbon Institute for Global Mental Health, Italy and Portugal

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HERWIG FRANZ SCHOPPER

Advisor, Experimental Physicist, Former Director General CERN and one of the Founding Fathers of SESAME, Middle East, Jordan

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ROLLA SCOLARI

Journalist, Italy

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YVES UBELMANN

President and Co-founder, Iconem, France

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TARIK M. YOUSEF

Director, Brookings Doha Center, Qatar; Board Member, Central Bank of Libya, Libya

Pio Wennubst

PIO WENNUBST

Vice Director General, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Switzerland

 

Forum Programme and Registration

Programme

The Forum programme will be available in the weeks leading up to the Forum dates.

Registration

Online registrations for the Forum will open in the weeks leading up to the event. 

Language

English, French, and Italian with simultaneous interpretation.

Practical Information

By train: Lugano is one of the principal stops on the main European North-South route and can be reached from many cities in the northern and southern part of Europe by direct day or night train connections. Check trains and updated departure times from/to Lugano here.

By plane: The quickest way to get to Lugano from most places abroad, will be through a number of airports listed below: 

  • From Milano Malpensa: The S50 is the train line that connects Lugano and Malpensa. Check trains and updated departure times here. Direct bus connections to Lugano are available on demand. To make a reservation contact Giosy Tours at +41 79 133 53 23. 
  • Lugano Airport is served by Swiss International Air Lines. From the airport, you can take a shuttle bus to the centre of the city or a taxi.
  • Zurich Airport: As an alternative you might consider flying to Zurich and use the train to travel to Lugano (overall, a 2h journey). There is a direct, hourly train from Zurich main station to Lugano. It is a chance to experience the longest train tunnel in Europe by passing under the Gotthard.

For citizens of the following countries, only a valid passport is required to travel in Switzerland: Americas (except Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Colombia and Peru), Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Passport holders from other countries should consult the relevant visa requirements.

Please note that the general visa and entry procedure is described in detail in this information sheet.

The Lugano region is well-known for the beauty of its landscape, lake, mountains and Mediterranean vegetation.

For further information: https://www.luganoregion.com/en

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