Here we are side by side, we can finally look in the eyes!
I'm really excited and happy : here in Rome on December 20, 2007 , making me a great honor , you wanted me to retire the Award " Rome for Peace and Humanitarian Action " that the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano and The Mayor Walter Veltroni given to you .
Now , in Rome , always ahead of the Mayor of the Eternal City, Ignazio Marino , I can finally deliver you , after six years , that Award .
Six years in which the most vivid memory is the day of your liberation.
I was in a symbolic place,Hiroshima, at the ceremony of the Nobel Prize for Peace , where I had the honor and privilege to withdraw the Peace Summit Award.
We have come from all over the world , we were there to talk about peace and freedom of the population.
It was really incredible. All together we felt that your deliverance was near. There were many voices about you: they were unforgettable moments .
Then, suddenly, the magic of a moment : the confirmation of your freedom.
All the Ambassadors of Peace had gathered , and you in those hours you have been release.
It ' really indescribable what we felt in that moment, in that room . Those unforgettable sensations... I keep them in my heart forever , as one of the most precious treasures of my life.
Your strong determination made me think of my Master Daisaku Ikeda , who said that "in the end it all depends on the character of the people . The decisions of human beings determine not only their fate, but also that of the rest of the world. "Your example and your courage , your non-violent struggle for freedom , have changed the destiny of your people and have also improved our lives , the life of every day.
It's' beautiful and intense live looking the world as you do it . For this reason, for me , you're a modern-day hero , a living example of determination and courage ; the battle in favor of your people can be a stimulus and an example for all of us .Your image is full of passion and it's this passion that involves us : in your look your mind and your heart matches.
Finally,today we are side by side . The language barrier, a thread of emotion and my confidence does not allow me to be able to talk for long.
Knowing you, I can feel your depth , I can feel your heart so rich and generous , which is capable of breaking down any barrier .
I, along with all the people who have accompanied your battle , we feel your heart. So, many words are not needed.
Here is the Award that I have treasured in recent years with pride and with great care, now finally handed him over in your hands , in the hands of a woman finally free . Sure that the battle for freedom and democracy in favor of your people will continue , even with our support .
Thanks Aung, continues to be what you are, fso that the encouragement that we have been able to offer will be always present in our lives.
l'impresa più bella che sei riuscito a costruire negli anni è stata quella di trasformare il veleno della malattia in medicina per gli altri. Ciao amico mio, onorerò per sempre la tua persona. Ero impreparato a questa notizia ma mi rendo conto che è il mistero della vita. E non ci possiamo fare nulla. Sei stato un grandissimo eroe del nostro tempo ed hai avuto vicino un pilastro come Chantal, la tua sua dolcissima moglie. Hai offerto la tua sofferenza in favore della ricerca, per combattere la Sla, quella malattia di cui, quando ti ha colpito anni fa, si sapeva davvero ben poco. Un'offerta la tua che non ha valore tanto è stata preziosa anche per altri. Stefano, anche per questa ragione lasci un ricordo e un'eredità fatto di grandiosa umanità e infinita dignità.
Quanti ricordi mi attraversano la mente in questo momento. Il primo è quello del 2008 al Franchi, nell'amichevole tra Fiorentina e Milan in favore della tua Fondazione. Di nuovo insieme nel nostro campo, io e te verso la Fiesole e i nostri tifosi che cantavano. E poi due anni dopo nella sede della Gazzetta, per la presentazione del tuo libro. Sempre i tuoi occhi che parlavano, sempre Chantal al tuo fianco. Ma a dir la verità devo confessarti che il pensiero corre spesso più indietro nel tempo, a quegli anni passati insieme nella Fiorentina. E quando dalla Viola siamo andati tutti e due in Nazionale. Giovani, spensierati, con tutta una carriera davanti. Il nostro sogno che si stava avverando. E sai qual era allora la mia gioia più grande? Forse non te l'ho mai detto: mandarti in gol con un assist e vedere nei tuoi occhi un'infinita felicità. E' il ricordo di quella felicità che oggi, caro Stefano, riesce a compensare il dolore per la notizia della tua morte. Insieme al fatto che finalmente ti sei liberato della Stronza, il nome che hai sempre dato alla tua malattia. Che il mio pensiero di preghiera ti possa accompagnare nel viaggio celeste.
Roberto Baggio resigned as the Italian football federation's technical director, saying he was not permitted to do the job he wanted to do.
Italy's talisman as they finished third and second in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups was appointed to the role after the Azzurri flopped as holders by going out in the group stage of the 2010 edition.
His brief was to reinvigorate the Italian game and boost the country's poor track record of blooding youngsters.
"I presented my project in December 2011, 900 pages, but they remained empty words. I don't like just sitting on a chair but to do things, therefore reluctantly I have decided to leave," the 45-year-old said.
The Burmese opposition leader and former prisoner of the country's junta, Aung San Suu Kyi, speaks at the United Nations in Geneva. Suu Kyi says a wide range of reforms in her country are needed to make investment attractive. At a press conference she tells of recent sectarian violence in the Rakhine province, and calls for the rule of law to be respected
Aung San Suu Kyi kicks off European tour in Switzerland
Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will also visit Britain, France, Ireland and Norway during historic 17-day trip
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 14 June 2012 14.05 BST
The Burmese opposition leader and former prisoner of the country's junta, Aung San Suu Kyi, speaks at the United Nations in Geneva Link to this video
Almost a quarter of a century since she last set foot in Europe, the Burmese pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi kicked off a five-country tour in Switzerland on Thursday, welcoming the international community's efforts to strengthen reform in her homeland.
The 66-year-old former political prisoner, kept under house arrest for 15 of the last 22 years, was addressing the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva, her first engagement in a whirlwind tour certain to elevate further her status as international political celebrity.
Now a member of parliament in Burma, the Nobel peace prize laureate welcomed steps to reach out to her country, which has long been isolated because of its military dictatorship.
Wearing trademark flowers in her hair, "The Lady", as she is known, was given a rapturous welcome by the ILO, an organisation she chose to address because of its long campaign against child and slave labour in Burma.
"The international community is trying very hard to bring my country into it, and it's up to our country to respond the right way," she said.
"Any new investment that comes in because of the lifting or suspension of sanctions should add to the democratic process rather than subtract from it," she later told reporters.
She also urged foreign governments not to allow their companies to form joint ventures with Burma's state-owned oil and gas company until it improved its business practices.
The tour, which also takes in Norway, Ireland, Britain and France, will be the first opportunity for western leaders to analyse Aung San Suu Kyi's transition from prisoner of conscience during years of detention to stateswoman.
The red carpet is being rolled out during the 17-day visit, seen as another milestone in Burma's political progress, under which recent reforms by the Burmese president, Thein Sein, have led to a lifting of sanctions.
Especially emotional for the mother of two will be a return to her "beloved" Oxford, where she studied and later settled with her husband, the academic and Tibetan expert Dr Michael Aris, who died from cancer in 1999 having been refused a visa to visit the wife he had been able to see only five times in the previous 10 years. The couple raised their sons, Alexander, 38, and Kim, 34, in the city and she is due to receive an honorary degree at a ceremony at Oxford University on 20 June.
Another auspicious engagement will be when she addresses both houses of parliament in Westminster Hall on 21 June, an honour that has been accorded in recent times to Nelson Mandela, in 1996, Barack Obama, in 2011, Pope Benedict XVI, in 2010, and the Queen. It has never before been bestowed on the leader of an opposition party.
Ireland will host an Electric Burma concert on 18 June, during which U2 frontman Bono will present Aung San Suu Kyi with the "ambassador of conscience award", Amnesty International's most prestigious honour.
The show will also feature Sir Bob Geldof and the Riverdance troupe. "To be allowed to honour this woman is an honour in itself. The heroine of dignity, integrity, courage and steely moral vigour lost her freedom and her family in order to gain a nation. Ireland is ennobled by her visit," Geldof said.
Bono has reportedly lent Aung San Suu Kyi his private jet to fly her to Ireland from Oslo, where she will finally give her acceptance speech on Saturday, 21 years after being awarded the Nobel peace prize and lauded as "an extraordinary example of civil courage" and "important symbol in the struggle against oppression".
It was accepted by her son, Alexander, then 18, who received a standing ovation when he said his mother had accepted it "in the name of all the people of Burma". His voice trembled as he spoke of his wish that soon she would be able to "speak directly for herself, instead of through me".
More than two decades later, that moment is poised to be one of the tour's highlights. The head of the Nobel committee, Thorbjørn Jagland, said her acceptance speech "will be one of the most historic events in Nobel peace prize history".
The European tour is only the second time Aung San Suu Kyi, the daughter of General Aung San, regarded as the founder of modern Burma and who was assassinated when she was two, has left the country since she returned to nurse her dying mother in 1988. She recently attended the World Economic Forum for East Asia in Bangkok.
Her passport has only recently been returned since she was deemed a threat to the ruling military junta, when she emerged as a unifying symbol of a free Burma during the 1988 pro-democracy uprisings that were brutally quashed by a harsh military regime.
She was forced to spend long, lonely years incarcerated in her dilapidated lakeside villa in Rangoon, now Yangon. Though at times free to leave the country, she never did amid fears she would be refused re-entry.
Among her lifelines were a piano and the BBC World Service - she had a special fondness for Dave Lee Travis's music programme, and the DJ hopes to meet her during her UK visit.
Her sacrifice - staying even as her husband was dying in England, unable to see her sons - has earned her iconic status comparable with Mandela.
Her campaign for non-violent opposition, which gained her the "Steel Butterfly" soubriquet, saw her receive her an array of human rights awards and gain a high-profile that has afforded her some protection.
Aung San Suu Kyi was released from her last period of house arrest in November 2010, and in April this year won a seat in the lower house of the Burmese parliament.
Her visit comes as her government struggles to contain sectarian violence in western Burma between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, which has claimed at least 21 lives since Friday.
Dear Aung San Suu Kyi,
With great joy, I want to congratulate you on your victory in the parliamentary elections in your country. A person whose life has been remarkable as well as difficult, you are an inspiration to millions of people in many countries throughout the world. Your resilience and courage during the years of your imprisonment and isolation are truly admirable. All those who work for democratic change draw strength and encouragement from the fact that through all those years you have remained committed to your moral position and the abiding conviction that one must fight for justice and human rights using only peaceful, non-violent methods. This is an important lesson of combining morality and politics, so much needed in today's world.
I am confident that my joy is shared by many Nobel Laureates, who always showed solidarity with you during the years when you were persecuted. We started all our annual meetings with a demand for your release and the restoration of all your rights and used every opportunity available - both publicly and through various channels - to bring closer the day when you could return to normal life. It is encouraging that the leaders of the ruling regime have now heeded the voice of reason.
The recent elections are just a first step on the path of democratic change which, without doubt, will be difficult. I know it from Russia's experience. In this process, you will be playing a key role, which will require great strength and much time. I do hope, however, that you will be able to take part in the meetings and activities of the Nobel Peace Laureates Forum. We see our mission as helping to make sure that the processes unfolding in the rapidly changing global world evolve peacefully and bring about real improvements in the life of hundreds of millions of people. I very much wish that the voice of a person who has become a moral beacon for so many people should be heard everywhere.
I wish you strength and energy in your continuing work and in standing by your convictions and principles, and may the long-awaited changes that reflect the aspirations of your people become a reality.
With feelings of respect and friendship,
How do you feel when you are hungry? Weak. Tired. Unable to concentrate, study, play or work. So what do you do? You grab something to eat.
It sounds so easy, but, one in seven people on this planet doesn't have anything to grab.... They have no money to buy or to grow food. They suffer from hunger.
This is what is now happening in the Sahel region of West Africa (Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Chad). People there are facing the consequences of a combination of drought, poor harvests and soaring food prices.
Nearly 16 million people are affected, half of which are at risk, the risk of dying from hunger. Five countries declared states of emergency and asked the world for help.
The most vulnerable are the more than one million children, many of them under two years of age. If these children do not get help in time, their mental and physical development will be stunted, even if they physically survive.
So, imagine, what about their dreams? Don't you think a child in the Sahel dreams about becoming another Seydou Keita from Mali, John Obi Mikel from Nigeria, or Alain Traore from Burkina Faso?
It is true that the EU and the UN are already active in the Sahel region trying to avert the worst. The European Commission has mobilised €123 million in humanitarian aid to help 6 million people escape starvation.
But even this will not be enough if we want avoid a repeat of the catastrophe last year in the Horn of Africa. We need more help, more attention and more awareness to save more lives.
This is why the European Commission has joined the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) in the 'Professional Football Against Hunger' campaign.
Professional football has the power to mobilise the public awareness that we need.
During the 3rd European Match Day Against Hunger, from 30 March until 2 April, over 300 football clubs in 20 leagues across 16 European countries will dedicate their matches to the Sahel crisis, sending the message that urgent action is needed now.
They will reach millions of fans, from Glasgow to Goteborg, from Moscow to Madrid.
This is also why the two of us, a European Commissioner for humanitarian aid, and a professional footballer and FAO Goodwill Ambassador, have joined forces and appeal to you.
You can also reach out yourself. Join the team. Tell your friends, tell your colleagues. Sign the petition at endinghunger.org. Or you may donate a small amount to an aid organisation in your country that works in the Sahel. With as little as €20, one child can be brought out of hunger and malnutrition in a few weeks time.
It is important that we do not stay silent when our fellow humans are dying of hunger. Because the suffering of any human being diminishes all of us. It's our responsibility to speak up and help. Together we can save lives and win the match against hunger.
Kristalina Georgieva (European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Response and International Cooperation)
Join Facebook official page: ROBERTO BAGGIO FAN PAGE - OFFICIAL to comments and wish a very great day to, and year,to Roberto, but not only for Roberto...This year is a new grat year for Aung San Suu Kyi. She confirmed that she would run for a seat in the country's new Parliament in a by-election scheduled for April 2012 in which her party, the National League for Democracy, would enter the new political structure for the first time.