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Giovanni Bersani, CEFA’s founder, left us on the 24th December 2014, the day before Christmas, at the age of 100.
A man that was ahead of the times, able to manage negotiation and mediation, able to write international recognised essays, to save hostages, to avoid wars, friend to lots of influential people, builder of a more human and peaceful world. A life for the international cooperation that took Bologna’s local institutions to make him testimonial of the World Food day that we celebrate every year in October in Milan and in Bologna.

He was born in 1914 in Bologna and he got his education in the catholic youth society reaching the European Parliament. He fought poverty in his region Emilia, on the Italian territory and in the South of the world. Parliament member for 6 legislations and Senator for one Giovanni Bersani was the Labour and Pension Minister undersecretary from 1952 to 1953, during Gasperi’s Govern, European parliament member from 1960, where he was vice president of the development and cooperation commission and member of the international economical relation commission and of the delegation of the Parliamentary CEE- Turkey mixed commission. Bersani was a promoter of FOCSIV (Federazione Organismi Cristiani Servizio Internazionale Volontario) and co-founder of MCL and in his long career he become friends with some of the big African fathers, among all Julius Nyerere, Tanzanian president from the 60’s to the 70’s and Léopold Sédar Senghor, Senegal president as well as famous poet. In 2010,  Giovanni Bersani was promoted by a Bologna’s movement for candidacy for the Peace Nobel award.
Here you can find a video explaining why the senator is an important leader in economy, in cooperation, in politics, always serving world citizens.

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