Strasbourg, October 3rd 2019
On the 3rd of October 2019, at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, President Emil Constantinescu presented the mission and the activity of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization (IASLCC) during a roundtable meeting organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics, a partner of the Levant Initiative, with the aim of implementing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a European level.
The autumn session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) began on September 30th 2019 with a series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the institution’s creation. Today, the Council of Europe is comprised of 47 states, while the Assembly is made up of 324 titular members and 324 supplicant members, designated by the national parliamentary bodies of member countries. In 1999, Europe’s oldest-running institution received, upon its 50th anniversary, a most valuable gift from Romania, the Prayer sculpture by master Constantin Brancusi, since admired by all visitors to the Council of Europe.
Ms. Liliane Maury Pasquier, President of the PACE, members of the European Parliament present for the roundtable meeting as well as representatives from Costa Rica, Israel, Madagascar, Nigeria, Mali, Italy, Spain and Romania – notable figures in the efforts of promoting humanitarian initiatives, such as Dr. Alberto Zucconi (World Academy of Art and Science), H.E. Haidara Aichata Cissé (Vice-Chair of the Pan-African Parliament), Revered Mother Esther Abimbola Ajayi (founder of the eponymous foundation, nicknamed “Africa’s greatest philanthropist”) or Dr. Nadeem Ammar (of the Druze Association for Culture and Peace) explored the practical avenues by which to achieve a true culture of peace, with the proceedings coming to a consensus on the importance of education and the involvement of future generations.
The roundtable was chaired by Spanish senator Antonio Gutierrez-Limones, whom President Constantinescu awarded, on behalf of the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, an honorary diploma of Ambassador for Peace.