New York University Florence and the City of Florence have joined together to organize the commemoration of September 11, 2001 with a celebration of peace. Vigil for Peace is scheduled on September 12, 2017 in Florence, Italy.
FLORENCE, ITALY – The 2017 State of the Union Conference (#SOU2017) Building a People’s Europe will take place in Florence on 4-6 May 2017.
The #SOU2017 State of the Union conference, organised by the European University Institute (EUI), is an annual event for high-level reflection on the European Union (EU). Now in its seventh year, it has become a reference point in the EU agenda for policy-makers, civil society representatives, business and opinion leaders, and academics. Presidents, Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers, as well as the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Parliament have taken part in the event over the years.
In times of crisis or instability, a clear and nuanced multi-level understanding of the EU’s successes, failures and challenges is crucial. By offering a moment for key actors to meet and reflect on Europe’s most pressing issues, The State of the Union conference responds to this need.
FLORENCE, ITALY – Today Florence is marking the 50th anniversary of the devastating flood of the River Arno in 1966, which claimed dozens of lives and caused incalculable damage to the Tuscan city’s rich heritage.
Italian president Sergio Mattarella and the premier Matteo Renzi participated at the events in Florence to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the deadly flood.
«We must not love in fear of the river,» Florence Mayor Dario Nardella said. But, according to some experts, the city remains in serious danger of flooding.
Florentine filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli, 93, described in a video interview produced by State broadcaster RAI how locals suddenly realized the immense value of their city’s artistic heritage.
At the ceremonies are being invited the mud angels (Angeli del fango), thousands of volunteers from around the world descended on the city to help clean, restore, and rebuild during the 1966.
One of them, France Sedee, a Dutch colonel who went to Florence with a contingent of 140 volunteers, told the commemoration that they purified 9,000 cubic meters of water as «everything was missing in Florence, even drinking water.»