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ItemGlobal Campus of Human Rights Magazine n 1 (Dec 2020)(Global Campus of Human Rights, 2020-12) Nowak, Manfred ; Aquino, Elisa ; Ballarin, Giulia ; D'Este, Alice ; Urpilainen, Jutta ; Sassoli, David ; Zaia, Luca ; Mar, Paola ; Lippiello, TizianaWith our new Magazine, we intend to make the various activities of the Global Campus of Human Rights better known to our partners and the public at large. In order to increase the visibility of our activities in Italy, and in particular in Venice and the Region of Veneto, we publish our Magazine in both English and Italian. In this first issue of our Magazine, we are happy to present interviews with some of our most important partners: Jutta Urpilainen, EU Commissioner for International Partnerships (formerly DEVCO); David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament; Luca Zaia, President of the Veneto Region; Paola Mar, Councillor for the Universities of the City of Venice; and Tiziana Lippiello, Rector of Ca’Foscari University in Venice. While Venice with its magnificent cultural heritage is well known as one of the world’s leading tourist destinations, the Global Campus of Human Rights, as one of the world’s leading institutions of human rights education, wishes to strengthen the profile of “La Serenissima” as a centre of academic excellence. We would also be proud if we could contribute to formally establish Venice as a true Human Rights City!
ItemGlobal Campus of Human Rights Magazine n 2 (March 2021)(Global Campus of Human Rights, 2021-03) Nowak, Manfred ; Aquino, Elisa ; Ballarin, Giulia ; D'Este, Alice ; Corazzari, Cristiano ; Mascia, Marco ; Da Mosto, Jane ; Giordani, CarlottaIn 1982, Antonio Papisca and Marco Mascia founded the Human Rights Centre at the University of Padua. It was one of the first university-based human rights teaching and re-search centres in the world. In 1988, Veneto was the first region in Italy to adopt a regional bill to promote a culture of human rights, peace and development. Since that time, the Veneto Region has employed a councillor with a special mandate to implement the bill. This important role is cur-rently entrusted to Cristiano Corazzari. In 1998, the Vene-to Region adopted another bill aimed at providing regular support to the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA), which had just been founded by the University of Padua on the initiative of the European Union, and in cooperation with other universi-ties in EU member States. The EMA also received financial support from the Veneto Region and soon found its home at the beautiful Monastery of San Nicolò thanks to the City of Venice’s generous offer. It also became the first of sev-en regional inter-disciplinary Master’s Programmes and the flagship site for the Global Campus of Human Rights. Even under the difficult circumstances resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, the EMA team made sure its students could complete their first semester in person at the Mon-astery of San Nicolò in January 2021. The interviews with Councillor Corazzari and Professor Mascia shed a light on the long, successful and close cooperation between the Veneto Region, the University of Padua, the EMA pro-gramme and the Global Campus of Human Rights. We are delighted to participate in the Veneto Region’s Human Rights Defenders programme by providing shelter to human rights defenders belonging to the academic commu-nity who are under attack in their home countries. The interviews with Jane da Mosto (We are here Venice) and Carlotta Giordani (EMA Ambassador in Venice) un-derline the need for Venice to resist over-tourism and large cruise ships and to change its image from a mass-tourism destination to a sustainable human rights city that is at-tractive to students, professors, artists, scientists, and the wider global academic community. This requires the City of Venice to make fundamental changes to its environmen-tal, housing and tourism policies, inspired by UN Sustain-able Development Goal 4 (global citizenship education), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 13 (climate ac-tion), and 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions). The Global Campus of Human Rights – a network of 100 pres-tigious universities in regions all over the world – is ready to advise and support the City of Venice in its aspirations to become a successful and sustainable human rights city of the twenty-first century.
ItemGlobal Campus of Human Rights Magazine n 3 (May 2021)(Global Campus of Human Rights, 2021-05) Nowak, Manfred ; Aquino, Elisa ; Ballarin, Giulia ; D'Este, Alice ; Borrell Fontelles, Josep ; Brunetta, Renato ; Vattani, Umberto ; Rosa Salva, Piero ; Broeck, Naomi : Van den ; Leboeuf, Charles-Antoine ; Tomaello, AndreaFrom 10 to 12 May 2021, the Global Campus of Human Rights organized its annual International Conference at Yerevan State University, the hub of our Caucasus Master Programme. Although it was primarily held online due to COVID-19 related restrictions, I was able to participate together with a few of my colleagues from the Venice Headquarters. The topic of the Conference was “Climate Change and Children: Impact, Rights and Participation”. I was highly impressed by the enthusiasm of many participating school children and young people, including organizers of the Fridays for Future strikes, who conveyed the message that children have not only a right to actively participate in all matters that directly affect them, but that they are already taking the lead in pushing political and economic leaders to take the current global climate crisis seriously by radically changing the global economic and political system with the aim of saving our planet from collapsing. Together we discussed the need for a legally enforceable human right of future generations to a clean and healthy environment, strategic climate-related litigation initiated by children, the idea of a trusteeship for future generations and even rights of animals, nature and Mother Earth. As a city built in the Lagoon, Venice is particularly threatened by the rise in sea level caused by climate change. The Global Campus of Human Rights is fully dedicated to supporting the various movements of children and young people aimed at changing European and global climate policies and mitigating the effects of climate change. At next year’s Festa della Sensa, which is dedicated to the traditional relationship between Venice and the Sea, we may organize a symposium on the effects of climate change on the future of Venice in our Monastery of San Nicolò, with the active participation of children and young people. We are grateful to President Piero Rosa Salva for his interview and his interest in cooperating with the Global Campus on this and other ideas, how our human rights-related activities could be linked to some of the traditional cultural events taking place in this beautiful city with its magnificent 1600-year history. For example, together with the European Parliament, we are planning to organize a high-level annual Venice Conference on the State of Human Rights around the time of the Redentore Festival. We sincerely hope that EU Vice-President and High Representative Josep Borrell Fontelles, who expressed his full support for the Global Campus in his excellent interview, will participate in our Venice Conference. We are equally grateful to Ambassador Umberto Vattani for his very kind interview and his offer to strengthen the cooperation between Venice International University and the Global Campus in relation to our partnership with countries and universities in the North African and Middle Eastern region. Since the Arab Master of Democracy and Human Rights is the youngest of our seven regional Master programmes, we may jointly organize a conference on issues of democracy and human rights in the Mediterranean region. These and similar events aimed at putting students and young people at the centre of developing Venice into a Human Rights City, also through drawing on the necessary lessons learnt from the COVID-19 Pandemic, could also be supported by the Government of Italy and the City of Venice, as the interviews with the Italian Minister for Public Administration, Renato Brunetta, and the Deputy Mayor of Venice Andrea Tomaello underlined. Finally, I wish to thank our EMA student representatives Naomi van den Broeck and Charles-Antoine Leboeuf for their suggestion of using the COVID-19 Pandemic as a window of opportunity aimed at transforming Venice from a city of mass tourism to a more sustainable city welcoming higher numbers of international students rather than hit-and-run tourism. The Global Campus stands ready to assist the City of Venice in implementing such human rights-based reform policies.