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The Declaration of Values


The Declaration of Values of the Mediterranean Diet

Considering that:

The November 16 2010, Unesco added the Mediterranean Diet in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, at the proposal of Italy, Spain, Greece and Morocco, calling it "a set of skills, knowledge, rituals, symbols and traditions, which ranging from the landscape to the table. In the Mediterranean, everything involving crops, crops, fisheries, animal husbandry, conservation, processing, preparation and, in particular, sharing and consumption of food. (...) Its uniqueness, determined by climatic and geographical characteristics of the Mediterranean, make it a lifestyle vaunted as part of cultural spaces, events and gatherings that the undisputed protagonist. These spaces and events become a receptacle of gestures in recognition and mutual respect, hospitality, the good neighborly relations, conviviality, the intergenerational transmission and intercultural dialogue. They offer an opportunity to share the present and shape the future. In doing so, these communities rebuild their sense of identity, belonging and continuity, which puts them in a position to recognize this factor in the same way as an essential element of intangible cultural heritage they have in common, "recognizing the territories of each State the role of the Community emblematic (in Italian-Pollica Cilento) in the implementation of safeguards the item; The December 4 2013, UNESCO extended recognition of the Mediterranean Diet in Portugal, Croatia and Cyprus, emphasizing the characters founding element in its cultural dimension;

Italy, with the inscription of the Mediterranean Diet in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage has assumed the obligations of the safeguard element in the international arena, through measures also shared with the communities related to it, in implementation of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage, ratified by the Italian Law with the December 13 2007, n.167;
UNESCO, through the Operational Guidelines of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Guidelines for the use of the name and emblem, identifying behaviors for the promotion and enhancement of intangible cultural heritage in writing in the prestigious lists;
The Mediterranean diet is not only a cultural, but also a model of sustainable food and decreasing the environmental impact, the application of which, as also stated in the CIHEAM Med Diet Expo 2015 Call, may be an important driver for ensuring sustainability in food Mediterranean, providing a significant contribution to increasing the sustainability of the systems of food production and consumption, in addition to the known benefits to public health;
The Mediterranean diet requires a plan of national and local measures aimed at ensuring transmission to younger generations and promoting awareness of the current community, identifying, next to the emblematic community of Pollica, a network of community (local authorities, institutions, the research world , civil society) that will ensure the transmission of these values;
It detects an urgent need to promote and protect the Mediterranean diet, according to the principles established by UNESCO, through the involvement of local authorities, institutions, research centers and civil society, in compliance with national and international regulations;

The undersigned of the Declaration agree to the following:

Recognize the Mediterranean diet as Intangible Cultural Heritage shared part of their identity and that of the peoples of the Mediterranean cultural element transmitted to date from generation to generation;
Recognize the values ​​of the Mediterranean diet according to the principles underlying the recognition of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO, as well as an instrument to promote and develop dialogue, stability and solidarity between the peoples of the Mediterranean, as identified in the Operational Guidelines annexed to this Charter and which are an integral part;
Recognize the role of the Community emblematic of Pollica and the Centro Studi "Angelo Vassallo" as a pole of study, research and training, ratified by the other Community Emblematic of States Parties of the UNESCO recognition in the activities of planning and monitoring to a coherent framework exchanges, knowledge and evolution of the well with the other communities of the Mediterranean;
Recognizing the fundamental role of research as an instrument of knowledge can give scientific evidence on the value of the Mediterranean diet in the various dimensions that characterize it;


Establish, encourage and support the network of communities of the Mediterranean Diet Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO;
Commit to promoting and safeguarding the Mediterranean Diet amongst the entire population, particularly involving young generations, to raise awareness and ensure the transfer of the Mediterranean Diet shared cultural heritage;
Promote and protect the Mediterranean diet in the whole population and in particular by involving the younger generation, to raise awareness on the importance of ensuring greater transfer of shared cultural heritage of the Mediterranean diet, also collaborating with the Community emblematic, through specific measures defined in the agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry during the subscription application of this Charter, each for their own area of ​​responsibility, through the activities specified in the Operational Guidelines attached to this Charter and which are an integral part;
Encourage and support the organization in the territory of activities and initiatives in the sphere of culture, nutrition education and sustainable development, in order to recognize the quality and safety of food and traditional products closely associated with the Mediterranean diet;
Constantly inform the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, which administration responsible for the approval, about the exploitation activities related planned for the future;
Work with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry practices against misuse of recognition to pure commercial purposes, according to the rules laid down by the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO 2003 on marketing elements registered in the Lists of shareholders Intangible Cultural;
Observe, in the planning of activities of preservation and enhancement of the element, the international regulations adopted by UNESCO for the use of the logo and of Acronym UNESCO, according to the UNESCO Guidelines on the use of the name, Acronym , logos and Internet domain names and the granting of UNESCO's patronage of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO and the acts and addresses that the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry will be taken with regard to cooperation with the Community Emblematic Italian and Study Centre "Angelo Vassallo".

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