Sharing, solidarity, inclusion: the Villaggio Coldiretti at the World Meeting On Human Fraternity

Published on Tuesday, 13 June 2023

To unequivocally promote the values of solidarity, fairness, and inclusion and to share themes of brotherhood, dialogue, and peace: these were the messages of the World Meeting on Human Fraternity, inspired by Pope Francis’ “Fratelli Tutti” Encyclical, and held on 10 June at St. Peter’s by the Vatican Foundation “Fratelli Tutti” in collaboration with St Peter's Basilica, the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, and the Dicastery for Communication.

The event – which saw different groups meet to discuss the theme of fraternity, followed by a celebration focused on sharing, art, and music – was an opportunity to relaunch Pope Francis' “Not Alone” (#notalone) call for peace. This message was received and reiterated by 30 Nobel Prize winners (including physicist Giorgio Parisi), who came together at the Vatican to draw up and sign a document condemning war and violence of all kinds and expressing the need for new ethical principles - sharing, sensitivity, and empathy - to lead society into the future.

Held simultaneously in St. Peter's Square and eight other squares around the world, the event was an important stop on the Villaggio Coldiretti 2023 tour, which travels throughout Italy from April to December, with our Group as one of its sponsors. This initiative was created to put an in-depth focus on food in terms of culture and tradition, with workshops, educational farms, markets, cooking demonstrations, gardens, entertainment, and charity initiatives involving citizens, local and national government organizations, universities, associations, and companies. That has naturally expanded to embrace a universal message that aims to emphasize a focus on people, respect for freedom and civil rights, and the value of tolerance and solidarity.

The ceremony was capped off with the drafting of the “Declaration on Human Fraternity”, the document drawn up by 30 Nobel Prize winners and signed as well by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State. In addition to the ethical principles meant to guide humanity towards a future of peace and prosperity, the document also reiterated the need for a greater focus on science and innovation.

A call that our Group supports and is committed to every day, using technological innovation to foster the sustainable development of a new social model, where economic and environmental needs come together to ensure a future of well-being, safety, and social inclusion for all people.

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