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Protection and care of the mother and the child migrants

Taranto, Italy | 28 april 2018

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The Conference is a unique opportunity for youth, community leaders and Rotarians to exchange ideas and solutions with peace professionals from around the world. World sixty-five million people flee their country because of armed conflict or persecution, and 90 percent of deaths due to armed conflicts are civilians, half of whom are children. Through service projects, Rotary Fellowships and other Rotary-sponsored campaigns, members train adult leaders and young people to prevent and mediate conflicts and assist displaced, migrants, refugees and unattended minors. Peace is much more than just the absence of conflict. It is the quality of the act of governing, and the degree to which human needs are met. 
Peace is a continuous process in which to stay engaged forever.

"We know that we can do more together than we could ever hope to do alone."









The italian seacost city of Taranto was once of the jewel of Magna Grecia. Located on the inner hell of southern Italy, Taranto is an important commercial and military port (naval base). It has well-developed steel and iron foundries, oil refineries, chemical works, some shipyards for building warships, and food-processing factories.
It is the third-largest continental city of Southern Italy: according to 2011 population census, it has a population of 200,154. In ancient times around 500 BC the city was one of the largest in the world with population estimates up to 300,000 people.

Structured shuttle bus to the airport.

Structured shuttle bus to the airport.

Bari International Airport is 90 km away, Brindisi Airport is 70 km away.

The station of Taranto is served by trains from Milan, Rome, Naples and Bari.

Rotary National Days

Program of three days in Taranto
District Area 12 of Rotary International

Friday 27

08.30 a.m. - Circolo Ufficiali M.M. Taranto
Welcome Coffee

9.30 a.m. - Teatro Orfeo - Taranto
Welcome Speeches / Civil Authorities
The Mayor of Taranto
Admiral of the Italian Navy
Host Organization Committee Chair

09.40 a.m.
R I Director 2016-18 - Chairman of the Conference

10.00 a.m.

Plenary Session One:
Overview and magnitude of the problem – Challenges and risks

10.30 a.m.
Dr Frans Timmermans |  European Commission Vice-President
Sen. Marco Minniti | Italian Minister of the Interior
Bishop Guerino Di Tora | President, Episcopal Conference of Italy (CEI)

Migrant Mother and Child: Emergency and Reception Medicine

12.00 a.m.
Dr Stefano Vella | Director, Center for Global Health The Italian National Institute of Health
Dr Concetta Mirisola | General Director National Institute for Health, Migration and Poverty 

1.00 p.m. - Circolo Ufficiali M.M. Taranto

Plenary Session Two:
Round Table Discussion - Physical, Mental and Social Health

3.30 p.m.
Elio Cerini | Past Rotary International Director

Prof. Antonio Palmisano | Anthropologist Università del Salento

PDG Jan Lucas Ket | Rotarian Action Group Chair Healthy Pregnancies/Healthy Children

Prof. Ivan Ulric’ | Neuropsychiatrist Università di Spalato

5.00 p.m. - Circolo Ufficiali M.M. Taranto
Workshops: Moderators DG tbd
Chairman + 3 specialists
To observe discussions and prepare the Motion

6.00 p.m.
Closing Remarks 1st day

9.00 p.m.
Welcome Dinner: RI President Ian Riseley meets Governors, Senior Rotary Leaders and Speakers attending the presidential conference

Saturday 28

Presidential Conference: Maternal and Child Health & Peace “Migrant Mother and Child Protection”
Rotary for Mother and Child protection: our commitment as Peacebuilders

8.30 a.m. | Circolo Ufficiali M.M. Taranto
Conference program and ticketed events presentation
Opening Ceremony | Welcome address

9.00 a.m. | Teatro Orfeo - Taranto
Gérard Allonneau | Rotary International Director 2016 -18 Chairman of Conference – introducing RI President

9.30 a.m.
Ian H.S. Riseley | Rotary International President
Welcome Remarks

Plenary Session Three:

9.50 a.m.
On. Laura Boldrini | President Deputies Chamber Italian Parliament

10.20 a.m.
3 selected testimonials | Introduced by The Regional Rotary Foundation Coord.

11.20 a.m.
Rotarian Action Group for Population & Develop | PDG Robert Zinser CEO

12.00 a.m.
The Rotary Foundation on Mother & Child Health | Paul A.Netzel - Rotary Foundation President 2017 - 2018

Plenary Session Four:

12.30 a.m.
Presentation of the Motion of the Conference the Zone District Governors

1.15 p.m.
Closing remarks
Ian H.S. Riseley | Rotary International President

1.30 p.m.
Closing Ceremony
The Chairman and the DGs of the hosting Zone

Ancillary Event One

2.00 p.m. | Ex Convento San Francesco/Castello Aragonese Città Vecchia - Taranto
House of Friendship Tour

9.00 p.m.

Sunday 29

Ancillary Event One

10.00 a.m. | Ex Convento San Francesco/Castello Aragonese Città Vecchia - Taranto
House of Friendship Tour

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