Day one
November 2, 2016

Salone dei Cinquecento, Palazzo Vecchio Home of the Florence City Hall

08.30 - 09.00 am - Registration

Session I: 09.00 am – 10.00 am
The Road to Resilience:
from an innate quality of our communities to a governance strategy.

To quench our thirst for energy and natural resources control, as a result, we assisted to an increase of natural and man - made disasters: climate change, environment exploitation and conflicts. In this scenario Resilience has to be re - qualified as a necessary strategy to plan the future of our communities, not simply as a reaction to emergency.

Topics addressed:
Climate Change/Natural Resources and Energy/Equity as a criteria of Development/Risk Management

Antonio Di Bella
journalist. Director of RAI News 24

  • 09.00 am – 09.10 am
    Welcome speech and remarks by the Mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella
  • 09.10 am – 09.20 am
    Address Speech by Paola Albrito
    UNISDR - Chief Regional Office for Europe
  • 09.20 am – 09.30 am
    Address Speech by Fabrizio Curcio
    Head of the Italian Civil Protection
  • 09.30 am – 09.40 am
    Nicola Bazzani
    Legal Advisor Directorate General for Development Cooperation On Behalf of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Resilience and Development:
integrating equity to development agendas as an issue of social justice.

  • 09.40 am – 09.50 am
    Address Speech by Mrs. Kerry Kennedy
    President of the “Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights”
  • 10.00 am – 10.25 am
    Coastal Communities in Danger - Makoko - Lagos, Nigeria
    To bridge inequality by improving social, economic and environmental conditions worldwide. it is an opportunity for us to think, build, and live differently, by facing the challenges in this age of rapid urbanization and climate change.

“Makoko…futures afloat”
Documentary Video Contribution - Directed by award winning filmmaker Femi Odugmbemi
Makoko Floating School
Berend Strijland and Mariana Idiarte, NLE’ Architects
Silver Lion award winning project at the Venice Architecture Biennale

Resilience and Innovation:
Civic engagement, providing tools to increase interactions between citizens and local governments.

  • 10.25 am - 10.40 am
    Dr. Orli Ronen Rotem
    Head of Urban Innovation and Sustainability Lab at the Porter School for Environmental and Social Studies, University of Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 10.40 am - 10.55 am
    Adi Eyal
    director of “Code for South Africa” Organization - Cape Town

Case Studies:

  • 10.55 am - 11.05 am
    Mr. Michiel Hustinx
    Sustainability manager, City of Nijmegen
    Nijmegen EU Green Capital 2018, “For those yet to come”
  • 11.05 am – 11.15 am
    Mr. Nhlakanipho Nkontwana
    Head of Gauteng Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Johannesburg – South Africa

Civic engagement: information and communication technologies in disaster management.

11.15 am - 11.30 am: coffee break

Session III: 11.30 am - 01.15 pm
Resilience and Identity:
natural disasters as well as wars, social and economic crisis challenge communities’ identity through processes such as internal deployment and migrations.

How can local communities turn those challenges in to opportunities through social inclusion and cultural growth?

  • 11.30 am – 11.50 am
    Humanitarian Diplomacy: turning emergency actions in to long term strategies by persuading decision makers to act at all times in the interests of vulnerable people, and with full respect for fundamental humanitarian principles, to facilitate effective partnerships between governments and communities.”
    Dr. Pierre Bessuges
    Senior Advisor at United Nations OCHA
    Dr. Thandie Mwape
    Humanitarian Diplomacy Coordinator at Netherlands Red Cross
  • 12.00 pm – 12.45 pm
    Media and Education are powerful tools to foster communities’ cultural resilience and integration, for a deeper awareness and understanding of “differeneces”.
    Ethics and responsibility in deconstructing stereotypes and misrepresentation.
    Kamin Mohammadi
    Author, journalist, broadcaster and BBC commentator. London -UK
    Alessandra di Maio
    Associate Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Palermo, Italy
    Silvia Guetta
    Professor – Department of Education and Psycology University of Florence, Italy.
    Cultural diversity as fundamental heritage for human development towards a culture of peace between citizens.
    May 21st, 2017 “World Day for Cultural Diversity, Dialogue and Development”
  • 12.45 pm – 01.00 pm
    Premio Giorgio La Pira

01.15 pm - 02.15 pm: Lunch break

  • 02.30 pm - 03.30 pm - Field Visit
    Special Preview of the newly restored fresco of the “"Last Supper”" by Giorgio Vasari, in the Cenacolo Di Santa Croce, displayed now for the first time after the 1966 flood, along with the “Cristo di Cimabue”.

Session IV: 03.30 pm - 05.30 pm
Mayors open talk session, “Urban dialogues”
With a special contribution of New York University Florence Students: Nana Apraku, Victoria Cece, Harshini Karunaratne, and Antonio Kieschnick.
"Diversity, Resilience and Global Education" - young generations’ perspective on the challenges of Resilience.

During this session mayors will be invited to discuss the topics addressed by keynote speakers to share crucial issues and compare solutions.

  • 07.00 pm - 10.00 pm - Event
    Salone dei 500 Palazzo Vecchio - Fiorino d’oro - City Honors to Mrs. Jane Fortune, president and founder of Advancing Women Artist Foundation.
    Screening of the documentary “When the World Answered”, commemorating the commitment of many women artist who supported the city of Florence after the flood in 1966. Welcome cocktail.

Day two
November 3, 2016

Salone dei Cinquecento, Palazzo Vecchio Home of the Florence City Hall

Cultural Heritage in danger
Cultural Heritage, both material and immaterial, is the heart and the foundations of a community. In recent years it has been increasingly in danger of intentional destruction or incidental damage. It’s preservation is becoming more and more a global responsibility to share.

  • Session I: 09.00 am - 12.30 am
    "Protecting Cultural Heritage in an Uncertain Time"
    Curated by New York University Florence and Friends of Florence.
    Opening: Images and icons gain power and political significance through the social context
    in which they are produced and transmitted. In a time of violent ideological disharmony, freedom of artistic expression and the integrity of cultural understanding highlight the central role of imagery and its importance to a shared heritage.
  • 09:00 am - 09.30 am
    Dario Nardella
    The Mayor of Florence
    Ellyn Toscano
    Executive Director, NYU Florence; Director, Villa la Pietra
    Simonetta Brandolini
    President, Friends of Florence
  • 09:30 am
    "The Power of Images and the Destruction of Heritage”
    James Noyes
    Associate Fellow UCL Culture, University College London
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Universal Heritage and the International Obligation to Protect
    The legal framework:
    Francesco Francioni
    Emeritus Professor, European University Institute
    Valentina Vadi
    Professor of International Economic Law, Lancaster University
    Gilles Dutertre
    Office of the Prosecutor - International Criminal Court
  • 11:00 am - 12.15 am
    National/international initiatives/obligations:
    Roger O’Keefe
    Professor of Public International Law at University College London
    Artemis Papathanassiou
    Chairperson, Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict
    Erin Thompson
    Professor, John Jay College (CUNY)
    Aparna Tandon
    Project Manager, International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property
    Francesco Rutelli
    President, “Incontro di Civiltà” – no profit organization

Session II

  • 12.30 am – 12.45 am
    “Unique ways of fighting impunity, from war crimes to economic crimes to blood antiquities”.
    Mark V. Vlasic
    Senior Fellow & Adjunct Professor of Law, Institute for Law, Science & Global Security/Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown University; Principal, Madison Law & Strategy Group; Co-Executive Producer, Propagate Content
  • 12.45 am - 1.00 am
    University of Florence, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Archaeological Mission in Petra and Shawbak, Jordan
    Guido Vannini
    Professor of Medieval Archeology - Department of History, Archaeology, Geography, Fine and Performing Arts (SAGAS)

Session III

  • 01.00 pm - 01.30 pm
    A successful year. Unity in Diversity Outcomes: School for Interreligious Education and Intercultural Education:i
    Rabbi Joseph Levi, Imam Izzedin Elzir, Mons. Andrea Bellandi.

01.00 pm - 03.00 pm: Lunch break

  • 03.00 pm - 05.00 pm
    Mayors open talk session
    Opened by:
    Gerald Galloway

    Professor of Engineering PE, PhD, Glenn L. Martin Institute University of Maryland and President of the International Technical Scientific Committee (ITSC) of Toscana Firenze 2016
    The Growing Challenge of Catastrophic Floods: Learning from The Florence Experience

    During this session mayors will be invited to discuss the topics addressed by keynote speakers to share crucial issues and compare solutions.
    Signing of the Unity and Diversity Platform.

06.00 pm - Refreshment

  • 07.30 pm - Event
    Opening of the Exhibit “Beyond Borders. After the Flood: the Artists’ Engagement” Museo del ‘900 – Cocktail
    In 1966 many artists answered the call by Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti to donate their works to the city of Florence, devastated by the flood. Many of them answered from all over the world. For the first time works by international artists, including women artists who contributed to the collection, will be gathered together on display, as a special acknowledgement of their generosity. In collaboration with AWA Foundation.

Day Three
November 4, 2016

Salone dei Cinquecento, Palazzo Vecchio Home of the Florence City Hall

  • 09.00 am
    Final remarks of the Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella
    City Council Extraordinary Session to open the Commemoration of the Anniversary of the 1966 Flood.
  • 10.00 am - 01.00 am
    “Mud Angels” international gathering: the gratitude of the City to the sixty countries that stood in solidarity with Italy; the multinational Mud Angels who contributed to disaster relief.
  • 01.00 pm
    End of conference – Departure.