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Francesco Rutelli was born in Rome in 1954.
He has been married since1982 to the journalist Barbara Palombelli. They have four children and two grandsons. 
He was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture of Italy (2006 - 2008) and Mayor of Rome (1993 - 2001), elected in 1997 with the highest popular support ever. He was Member of the Parliament from 1983 to 2013, five times in the Lower House, once in the Senate and, from 1999 to 2004, in the European Parliament.
Today, he leads many international initiatives in the fields of culture, creative industries and cultural diplomacy: in October-December 2016 he curated, with Associazione “Incontro di Civiltà” (“Meeting of Civilisations”) the Exhibition “Rising from Destruction. Ebla, Nimrud, Palmyra” inside the Colosseum (with more than 300.000 visitors); he is President of “Priorità Cultura” (“Culture First”) and founder of the International Cultural Heritage Rescue Prize. He is also the founder (1989) and Chairman of the Centre for a Sustainable Future (a nonpartisan think tank on climate change and environmental issues).
He is engaged in various private and no-profit initiatives. He is President of ANICA (the National Association of Cinema, Audiovisual and Multimedia Companies), the largest association that brings together Italian producers, distributors and technical companies. Among other initiatives, he co-chairs the Italian-Chinese Cultural Forum, established by the Governments of Italy and China; he is Coordinator for the Ancient Cultural and Religious Roads Group in the Pontifical Council for Culture.
He was the creator of Videocittà, the great video festival that took place in Rome from October 19th to 28th 2018. 
He is a journalist, having become a member of the “Ordine dei Giornalisti Pubblicisti” in 1983. In 2014, he created a small company (“Italian Experience”), which gives advice to international and national operators on issues related to tourism, culture and local development.
  • President of ANICA (Italian Association of Cinema, Audiovisual and Multimedia                       Companies) and ANICA Servizi. Legal representative of MIA (Italian Audiovisual                     Market)
  • Coordinator of Italy - China Intergovernmental Cultural Forum
  • President of Associazione Incontro di Civiltà
  • President of Associazione Priorità Cultura
  • Chairman of Fondazione Centro per un Futuro Sostenibile
  • 2013 - 2015                 Honorary President Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD), Berlin
  • 2008 - 2013                Italian Senate, member
                                         Chair of Terzo Polo Parliamentary Group
                                         Member of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Committee
Member of Defense Committee
  • 2008 – 2010                Chairman COPASIR, the Parliamentary Committee of Overview                                                    on Intelligence Activities
  • 2006 - 2008                  Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and Tourism
  • 2001 - 2008                   Italian Chamber of Deputies, member
                                           Member of Foreign Affairs Committee
  • 1999 - 2004                   European Parliament, member
  Member of Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Common
  Security and Defence Policy Committee; ACP-UE Delegation
  • 1993 – 2001                  Mayor of Rome
  • 1994 – 1998                  Chairman National Council of Italian Mayors; Special Adviso to                                                the UN Secretary-General on Urban Policy; President Urban                                                    Policy Commission, European Committee of Regions, Brussels
  • 1983 - 1993                  Italian Chamber of Deputies, member
Chair Partito Radicale and Green Parlamentary Group
Member of Foreign Affairs Committee
Member of Defense Committee
Member of Work and Social Security Committee
  • Curator of exhibitions for the Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage at the European Council, Brussels (April 2017); UNESCO (November 2017); at FAO on the occasion of the ICCROM General Assembly, Rome, November 2017). 
  • Creator and curator, Rising from Destruction. Ebla, Nimrud, Palmyra, exhibition at the Colosseum, Rome, October-December 2016
  • Co-Chair, Silk Road Cities Association, Beijing
  • Creator and curator, Syria. Splendor and Tragedy, exhibition at Palazzo Venezia, Rome June - August 2014
  • Founder and President, Cultural Heritage Rescue Prize (2014 – Present)
  • Editor of various Publications and Essays: Rising from Destruction, Ebla, Nimrud, Palmyra (Incontro di Civiltà, 2016);  Francigena, la gioia di camminare verso Roma (Priorità Cultura, 2016); Per un’Europa Energetica (Centro per un Futuro Sostenibile, 2016); Italia e Cina, L’economia della cultura (Priorità Cultura, 2016); Turning Point, The Paris COP 21 (Centro per un Futuro Sostenibile, 2015); Cultura, Energia inesauribile (Priorità Cultura, 2014);  Europe 2020: stuck in the middle? (Centro per un Futuro Sostenibile, 2013); Camminare, verso Roma e a Roma (Priorità Cultura, 2013).
  • The Italian Cultural Diplomacy and the Heritage of Humanity, Naples, Lectio Magistralis for the inauguration of the Academic Year UniPegaso, February 2018
  • Cinema, Audiovisual and Italian Cultural Diplomacy, Conference of Directors of Cultural Institutes, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome, December 2017 
  • The Democratic idea and the future of Europe, Rome, Tempio di Adriano, December 2017
  • "Thirty-eight Years", Alba, Villa Mirafiori, December 2017
  • Cultural Heritage: Restaurations and Reconstructions, ICCROM, General Conference, Rome, November 2017
  • Twenty years of Civil Service, Rome, Campidoglio, November 2017
  • The Future of Audiovisual. The crafts of the cinema. Auditorium Città della Musica, October 2017
  • Italian in Cinema, Italian of Cinema, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dante Alighieri Society, Rome, October 2017
  • Climate, Agriculture, Migrations, CNR, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome, October 2017
  • The history of the trees of Rome, Italian Society of Ecological and Forestry Sciences, CNR, October 2017
  • Archaelogical Parks, Lotus International, Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, October 2017
  • Govern China, Conference at the Senato della Repubblica, September 2017 
  • Conference The Climate and Energy Agenda in the Evolving Global Scenario,  Universiy of Milan, Milan, July 2017
  • Conference Dove va il Cinema Italiano, Rome, June 2017
  • La Concordia e il Mediterraneo, Valencia, June 2017
  • Conference Documenting our Heritage at Risk, Museo Nazionale Romano, Rome, May 2017
  • L'Appia Antica da Roma a Brindisi. Appia Day, May 2017
  • Conference Il futuro urbano dei cinema, April 2017
  • Conference L’avvenire dell’Europa è in bilico, March 2017
  • Introductory Speech, First Italian Design Day in the World, Foreign Affairs Ministry, Rome, March 2017
  • Keynote Speech at Conference Io faccio film, The Audiovisual Industry against Piracy, Rome, March 2017
  • Keynote Speech at the First Italian-Chinese Cultural Forum, Beijing, February 2017
  • Conference Post-Conflict Reconstruction of Historic Cities, Louvre Lens, January 2017
  • IBERMEDIA Program (Latin American, Iberian Countries and Italy) Cinema and Audiovisual Cooperation Conference, Rome, January 2017
  • UNESCO Conference on Euro-Arab dialogue Mawaïd – Rendez-vous, Paris, December 2016
  • International Conference on Protecting Cultural Heritage in Armed Conflict Zones, the British Academy, London, December 2016
  • FAO Conference on Climate Change & Agroforestry, Rome, November 2016
  • International Conference Mediterranean, Silk and Peace, Valencia, June 2016
  • Side event at the World IFLA Conference on Green Infrastructures and Urban Forests in the Urban Planning: New Approaches and Challenges, Turin, April 2016
  • Keynote speech, Iraq Crisis Conference, Rome, April 2016
  • Conference Illicit Trafficking Routes in Europe and the Mediterranean Transnational Organized Crime, Terrorism and Sources of Financing, Italian Senate, Rome, April 2016
  • Conference The Rebirth of lost Antiquity, Teatro Argentina, Rome, March 2016 4
  • Chairman of the Jury “Olivetti Design Contest”, Rome, February 2016
  • Symposium on Art and Terrorism, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, February 2016
  • Workshop The destruction of Cultural Heritage between past and future. The tragedy in Syria and Iraq and the Italian initiatives, Accademia dei Lincei, Rome, January 2016
  • Seminar COP21: An announced failure, or a last minute agreement?, French Senate, Paris, October 2015
  • Maker Faire Rome Le tecnologie per la Salvaguardia dei beni archeologici, Sapienza University, Rome, October 2015
  • Silk Road Cities Cooperation Forum, La Biennale,Venice, July 2015
  • II China - Italy Conference on Cultural Diplomacy and Creative Industries, EXPO Milan, July 2015
  • UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or illegally exported cultural objects, 20 years later, Rome, May 2015
  • Conference Parigi Clima 2015: tre proposte innovative dall’Italia, Chamber of Deputies, Rome, April 2015
  • Keynote speech, Conference Building the Future: The Role of Heritage in the Sustainable Development of Yangon, Yangon, January 2015
  • Seminar FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) Fare sistema sul territorio, Bocconi University, Milan, November 2014
  • Keynote Speech at Conference Llegat Pasqual Maragall - The Europe of the Cities, Barcelona, November 2014
  • Keynote Speech, Conference Coming together to transform Cities, Changsha (China), October 2014
  • Conference at 71st International Film Festival - la Biennale di Venezia on Cultural Diplomacy and the Role of Cinema, Venice, September 2014
  • Keynote speech at Conference on Cultural Diplomacy and Creative Industries in China and Italy, Beijing (China), June 2014
  • International panel event on Green Growth and EU Competitiveness, Berlin International Economics Congress 2014 on Global Trends, Berlin, March 2014
  • International panel event on EU 2030: Next low carbon economy targets, European Parliament, Bruxelles, November 2013
  • International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy, Italian Senate, Rome, June 2013
  • Master, Cinematographic and Audivisual Management. Sole24Ore Business School, Rome (2017)
  • Visiting Professor at the Master in Landscape Design at CURSA - University                             Consortium for Socioeconomic and Environmental Research, Rome (2017)
  • Co-Chair Master in Sustainable Development, Geopolitics of Resources and Arctic                 Studies, SIOI (2016, 2017)
  • Visiting Professor at Tor Vergata University, Rome (2016, 2017)
  • Visiting Professor at John Cabot University, Rome (2016, 2015)
  • Member of the Board of Digital Economy, Faculty of Economy, La Sapienza University, Rome. 
  • Contro gli Immediati. Per la scuola, il lavoro, la politica, La Nave di Teseo, 2017
  • Introduction to: Ottant'anni di EUR, Roma 2017 
  • Introduction to: Roma e l’Appia. Rovine Utopia Progetto, Quodlibet, 2017
  • Incontro di Civiltà: Roots, Reasons, Goals of our Initiative, in: Rising from Destruction.            Ebla, Nimrud, Palmyra, Incontro di Civiltà, 2016
  • Città e pellegrini. Il lavoro del Commissario, in: Giubilei. Spiritualità, storia, cultura,                   UTET Grandi Opere, 2016
  • Conservation and Transformations in Contemporary Cities, in: Building the Future,                   World Monuments Fund, 2015
  • Paradossi, rischi e speranze del negoziato sul clima, in: Equilibri Rivista per lo                         Sviluppo Sostenibile, Il Mulino, 2/2015
  • Contribution, in: Un nuovo clima. Come l’Italia affronta la sfida climatica, Rubbettino               Editore, 2015
  • The Return of Iconoclasm: Barbarian Ideology and Destruction by ISIS as a Challenge           for Modern Culture, Not Only for Islam, in: Art Crime, Terrorist, Tomb Raiders, Forgers             and Thieves, Palgrave Macmillan 2015
  • La via stretta di un riformismo verde, in: Ambiente in Europa. Economia verde.                         Ambiente Italia Rapporto annuale di Legambiente, Edizioni Ambiente, 2014
  • Diplomazia Culturale. L’interesse italiano, le nuove prospettive internazionali, in: La              Diplomazia Culturale. Forza del dialogo, potere della cultura. Le opportunità per l’Italia,        Aracne Editrice, 2013
  • Non è vero, Rubbettino Editore, 2011
  • Cyber minacce e sicurezza, Camera dei Deputati, 2010
  • La svolta. Lettera a un partito mai nato, Marsilio Editori, 2009
  • Memoria, bellezza e futuro, Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali, 2008
  • Quindici Parole, Baldini Castoldi, 2001
  • Roma e il Grande Giubileo del 2000, in: Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani, Il Libro                         dell’Anno, 2000
  • Roma oggi e domani, Newton & Compton, 1997
  • Capitolium, Rome’s official Magazine, Editor, 1997-2001
  • Piazza della Libertà, Mondadori, 1996
  • Progetto per Roma, Theoria, 1993
  • Dieci anni al Duemila. Il buongoverno ecologico. Gruppo parlamentare Verdi                           Arcobaleno, 1989
  • Per il disarmo, Gammalibri, 1982
  • Knight Commander of the Civil Division of the Order of the British Empire (by the Queen         Elizabeth II)
  • Gran Cruz de la Orden del Merito Civil (by the King of Spain)
  • Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell’Ordine di Sant’Agata, Repubblica di San Marino
  • Grande Oficial da Ordem do Rio Branco (by the President of Republica Federativa do             Brasil) 6
  • La Grand-Croix de l’Ordre de Léopold II (by the King of Belgium)
  • The Order of Diplomatic Service Gwanghwa Medal (by the President of Republic of                 Korea)
  • Honorary member of 1st Special Forces Regiment (“Green Berets”, Fort Bragg, USA)
  • Honorary member of the Italian National Partigiani Association (ANPI)
  • BIT Award for Italian Tourism (Borsa Internazionale Turismo / International Tourism Exchange, Milan, Italy)
  • “Trofeo Latino” for promoting the Italian culture
  • “Arca Award” (Association for Research into Crimes Against Art) for contributing to the            recovery of stolen crafts
  • “Mayors who made history” Award, Barcelona
  • “Premio Letterario Capalbio”
  • “Premio Paestum Archeologia”
  • “Premio UNESCO Valencia Mediterraneo”
  • "Seal" of University for Foreigners, Perugia, Italy
  • Special Prize "Montale Fuori di Casa", Senato della Repubblica, Rome, Italy. 
  • Degree in Landscape and Environmental Planning and Design, Tuscia University – Sapienza University
  • Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI), Diploma in International Organizations
  • Doctor Honoris Causa in International Affairs from John Cabot University of Rome
  • Doctor Honoris Causa in Public Service from Temple University of Rome
  • Doctor Honoris Causa in Human Letters from American University of Rome
  • Honorary Academician, Accademia delle Arti del Disegno (the world’s oldest Academy) of Florence
Over the last two decades, as Mayor of Rome and, afterwards, as Minister of Culture, Francesco Rutelli has contributed to the creation and development of many crucial infrastructures, cultural institutions, museums and galleries in Italy.
For example: the great Auditorium-Città della Musica (a long-awaited institution in Rome, designed by Renzo Piano); the MAXXI Museum for Contemporary Art (designed by Zaha Hadid); the new Ara Pacis Shrine/Museum (designed by Richard Meier); a vast program of restoration and archeological excavations; the opening of over 20 museums and exhibition spaces in Rome, including the National Gallery of Ancient Art in Palazzo Barberini, the Civic Gallery of Modern Art (later renamed MACRO), the Centrale Montemartini Museum and the Scuderie del Quirinale complex. He oversaw the restoration of San Carlo Theatre (Naples) and Petruzzelli Theatre (Bari), the construction of the new Maggio Fiorentino Auditorium (Florence), the radical restructuring of the Museo Archeologico di Reggio Calabria and the conclusion of the restoration of the Reggia di Venaria, near Turin.
He enacted a new Landscape Code and a new tax credit/tax shelter system that revitalized the movie industry. He established the Teatro Festival in Naples and re-launched the International Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto. He promoted the first (and so far only) White Book on Italian creative industries.
Currently, he acts as the founder and President of Associazione Priorità Cultura (Culture First) and Associazione Incontro di Civiltà (Meeting of Civilisations), which are engaged in heritage conservation and promotion, contemporary arts, and public-private partnerships in several cultural fields. In 2014, he launched the International Campaign for the Safeguarding of Syrian Cultural Heritage, together with Paolo Matthiae, the Director of the Italian Archaeological Expedition to Syria since 1963 and discoverer of the City of Ebla. In June 2014, he promoted and curated the Exhibition Syria: Splendor and Tragedy, a project aimed at raising awareness of international public opinion towards the extraordinary role of ancient cultures in the Middle East and the damages suffered by Syrian cultural heritage, particularly in UNESCO sites.
Francesco Rutelli is also the founder and president of the Cultural Heritage Rescue Prize, an international award whose aim is to recognize outstanding figures, institutions and associations that protect culture and art in a context of conflict, war, or emergency. Maamoun Abdulkarim, Director-General of Antiquities and Museums from Syria, was the winner of the first edition, which took place in Venice in 2014. The winner of the 2016 edition in Spoleto (Italy) was Ahmad Naser Sarmast, an Afghan musicologist who has risked and devoted his life to culture, in order to give a better future to Afghan youth.
Rutelli is the creator and curator of the Exhibition Rising from Destruction. Ebla, Nimrud, Palmyra, which took place in Rome, at the Colosseum, from October 7 to December 11, 2016, and had more than 300.000 visitors. The exhibition featured the 1:1 reconstruction of three important monuments destroyed by the self-proclaimed Islamic state – the man-headed bull from the North-West Palace in Nimrud (Iraq), the Archive Room of Ebla (Syria) and the ceiling of Bel’s Temple in Palmyra. The exhibition also featured two damaged busts that had arrived 8 in Italy from Palmyra (via Beirut), and which are today under restoration by an Italian public institution (Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro -ISCR); they will be given back to Syria as a tribute to the late Palmyra curator, Khaled Al-Asaad.
Finally, the members of ANICA, the biggest and most representative Association of Cinema and Audiovisual private companies in Italy, unanimously elected Francesco Rutelli as President of their Association in October 2016, at a very crucial time for the cinema industry; strategic changes are occurring, in this sector, whose economic and cultural importance cannot be understated.
In December 1993 Francesco Rutelli, aged 39, was elected Mayor of Rome. He was the first Mayor to be elected directly by citizens; he was later confirmed, in 1997, with 985.000 votes (the highest number ever reached in any election in the city). He was subsequently elected as Chairman of the Council of the National Association of Italian Municipalities. He promoted profound changes in the city, with the crucial support of a qualified and motivated team, and an efficient organizational reform of the administrative structure (more than 50.000 employees).
Among his main achievements in the Campidoglio (Rome City Hall): the restoration of many historical buildings, such as Michelangelo's Cordonata and the Capitoline Museums; works in archeological areas (the return of the Marcus Aurelius statue, the Tabularium opening, the new Trajan’s Forum museum, new excavations in the Imperial Fora); hundreds of public infrastructure works, including the so-called Hundred Squares Program (over 170 squares restored - including Piazza del Popolo, Pantheon, Montecitorio, S. Lorenzo in Lucina - or newly built, mainly in suburban areas); a new tramway line; the inauguration and restoration of railways (among them, the La Storta-Saint Peter route, part of nearly 300 km of local and regional railroads that entered into service) and train stations; the third lane of the city’s ring highway (GRA) and of the airport motorway; the new Wholesale Market facilities. Many private initiatives were promoted and implemented during his mandate, such as the modernization of movie theaters, the new Ostia touristic port and the radical transformation of the Hotel system. A new City Masterplan was adopted, dedicating over 50% of land to green and agricultural areas and rescinding nearly 60 million cubic meters of existing building licenses. Several new works were initiated under his mandate, such as the construction of new subway lines, the Monte Mario road tunnel and a new Convention Center in the EUR neighborhood.
As President of the Rome Opera House (1993-2001), he implemented a reform of this institution. During his tenure, the World Book of Records awarded the Opera House and Saatchi and Saatchi for the longest advertising poster (274 meters) for the promotion, in Piazza del Popolo, of Puccini’s Tosca.
Rutelli was Special Commissioner for the Great Millennium Jubilee of the Year 2000. To prepare for this event, in only 41 months, 800 planned construction sites were completed (96% of them on schedule), in a transparent way, without any allegations of wrongdoing, and without a single casualty among workers. Maintenance works, management and reception 9 services allowed 27 million pilgrims and visitors to attend from all over the world. In those months several results were achieved: the creation of a complete walking promenade on the restored Appia Antica Road, the renovation of all the bridges over the Tiber river, the transformation of ancient squares into pedestrian zones, dozens of new parks and recreational areas, and the refurbishment of public spaces.
In 2015- 2016, Francesco Rutelli launched a non-partisan civic platform to support a program of city regeneration named “La Prossima Roma” (The Next Rome).
In 1989 Rutelli founded the “Centro per un Futuro Sostenibile” (CFS - Centre for a Sustainable Future), which promotes a variety of initiatives on global environment, green growth and climate change. CFS brings prominent Italian economists, scientists, experts and multipartisan politicians together.
His mandate as Mayor of Rome led to radical improvements in air quality - thanks to new regulations and a comprehensive strategy for public transportation - and in sewage management. 200 new parks and gardens, equivalent to 5.300 hectares were created.
In his short mandate as Minister of Environment and Urban Areas in 1993, he established the Valle Averto (Venice Lagoon) and the Valli di Comacchio (River Po Delta) natural reserves, together with incentives for farmers operating in natural parks.
In 2008, as Minister of Culture, he enacted a new Landscape Code – the so-called ‘Codice Rutelli’ - a powerful legal instrument for safeguarding the landscape and promoting the coplanning of land use between the state and regional administrations.
Among his achievements is Law n. 113 of 1992, which mandates planting a tree for every new child born. During Rutelli’s tenure as Mayor, 120.000 new trees were planted in the city of Rome. He was the promoter of important Conferences on Climate Change. Two of them were held in the Chamber of Deputies and in the French Senate, in preparation to the Climate Agreement in Paris, December 2015.
He was among the promoters of the Montreal Treaty Ratification bill and, in 2015, suggested to extend this instrument to replace HCFC (chemical substances that contribute enormously to the greenhouse effect). This goal was later achieved (in October 2016), through the Kigali Agreement.
In November 2016 he promoted - in collaboration with UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the Italian Mission to FAO - an international conference on the decisive role of forests and sustainable agriculture in the SDG Agenda and climate change policies. For his environmental engagement he has been a member of the Board of Lega Ambiente and later Coordinator of the Green Party.
On July 6th he promoted, in collaboration with the University of Milan and IED an International conference, The Climate and Energy Agenda in the Evolving Global Scenario.
In both his capacities of Mayor of Rome and Minister of Culture, he worked intensely to strengthen the sector of education, including University and scientific research.
In Rome, his administration established a coordination mechanism involving the city, schools, university and research centers, in order to decrease the pressure on the historic “La 10 Sapienza” University, creating a new modern University (“Roma Tre”) and new Faculties, roads and infrastructures for the second Roman University. He created a new system of municipal libraries (+ 40% of public libraries in year 2000), opened the Biomedical Campus in Trigoria and the largest Italian private University for lifelong learning (“Third Age University”); he introduced for the first time a certification of Italian language for foreigners; launched the first national events ("Enzymes") for youth creativity and innovation.
He transformed the old Zoo into a Bio-Park, in line with new models of management and promotion of biodiversity. He deeply modernized the Museum of Zoology. His Report on the state of the environment in Rome (309 pages, 1997) remains the most complete publication on the urban ecosystem of the Capital City.
As Minister, he established the National Center for Books and Reading; launched a 16 pointprogram to improve accessibility to culture of people with disabilities through new technologies; set up the Italian Design Council; promoted innovative projects in the fields of restoration and furtherly developed the digital census of cultural heritage.
Francesco Rutelli is a tireless advocate for mutual comprehension, pluralism and multilateral governance through international cooperation.
Cultural diplomacy was at the center of his agenda on every occasion he had to meet personally with many international leaders over the last 25 years.
Since the very first steps of his political life, Rutelli has campaigned for laws and actions against malnutrition and starvation, and for international economic development. This was part of a mobilization that brought Italy (at the beginning of the 1980s) to an unprecedented increase in the financing of multilateral development institutions. In line with this approach, in the Italian and in the European Parliaments, he was member of the Foreign Affairs and Development Committees and supported campaigns to cancel the international debts of Least Developed Countries.
Catholic, has been deeply marked by his grandfather’s experience, Mario Gentili, who received the Righteous among Nations Certificate for saving a young Jew during the Nazi occupation of Rome. As Mayor, Rutelli promoted yearly trips to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps by Roman schools, an experience that has been continued by all the city’s subsequent Mayors. Participating in the opening ceremony of the Grand Mosque of Rome in 1995, he declared - the “indispensable cultural and religious pluralism, which is part of the vocation of the Eternal City”.
As Mayor of Rome, Rutelli devoted special attention to international cooperation: he relaunched the historical twinning agreement between Paris and Rome, and established new bilateral programs with New York, Moscow, Beijing, Tokyo and Buenos Aires. During his mandate, Italy’s Capital City participated in various European and international networks. In 1995, Rome organized the first Local Agenda 21 Conference with the attendance of 100 11 Mayors of Mediterranean cities; Rutelli was then elected President of Medcities network. International humanitarian solidarity was a priority under his leadership, with technical and financial aid delivered during the Balkans conflict; support for decentralized development projects in Latin American, Asian and African Cities; two international gatherings at which dozens of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates participated. Inter-faith and inter-culture dialogue and integration were promoted, during his tenure, through many international meetings and conferences held at the “Campidoglio”.
As Minister of Culture (2006-2008) Rutelli developed a new approach, consistent with the Italian compliance to UNESCO policies, on the application of the 1970 Convention Against Illicit Trafficking. This was defined by The Economist as “a treasure hunt with a difference: it is conducted not with metal detectors, but by negotiations”. Rutelli reached some decisive agreements with international museums, like the Getty Museum in Malibu, which allowed not only the restitution of 40 invaluable masterpieces to Italy but, also, established a comprehensive cooperative framework, including important lending from Italian museums, joint exhibitions, research, conservation and restoration projects. Agreements were also concluded with New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, bringing back to Italy the Euphronio’s Vase and the Morgantina Silvers; and with the Boston Fine Arts Museum, which saw the return of Vibia Sabina’s statue (the wife of Emperor Hadrian) to Tivoli, with a dozen other masterpieces. Many international agreements were also established, in order to cooperate against illicit trafficking, to enhance scientific cooperation, promoting scholarships and joint excavations.
During Rutelli’s ministerial mandate, Italy consistently strengthened its return policy of cultural artifacts illegally detained in Italy. In this regard, thanks to the activation of Carabinieri Special Cultural Heritage Command, 96 archeological artifacts (IV-II Millennium b. C.) were returned to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and 41 precious objects to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Rutelli also gave “green light” to the restitution of the Venere di Cirene, a colonial acquisition, to Lybia.
Special cooperation projects, in which Francesco Rutelli was personally engaged were undertaken in Beograd (Serbia), to assure technical assistance through the “Istituto Centrale per il Restauro” and under the aegis of BRESCE (the regional UNESCO Office in Venice) for the Balkan region. He strongly supported the re-constitution and the first re-opening of the Baghdad Museum as well as the restoration of the Museum of Kabul, including the training of Afghani archeologists in Rome. In Iran, Italian experts supported the restoration of the ancient Bam Walls, severely damaged by an earthquake.
A Memorandum was signed by Rutelli with Egypt for a new set-up of the National Cairo Museum and for conservation and training activities. In Jordan, Italy participated in the projects based in the Petra site. In Israel, a trilateral cooperation was established, with the Antiquities Authorities and the “Custodia di Terrasanta”, for the preservation of the so-called House of Simon Peter. Another initiative concerned the Dead Sea Scrolls Conservation Program.
During the “Italian Spring in Japan” in 2007, a world record of public attendance was established, with the exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s Annunciazione in Tokyo National 12 Museum. More than 350 initiatives were held, and the first agreement on technical cooperation between the UNESCO Sites of the two Countries was signed.
Rutelli promoted a special lending project (190 artworks) to the Beijing World Art Museum as well as technical cooperation activities with China in the fields of Heritage Conservation. New agreements were signed with the Republic of Korea, Vietnam, and Laos.
Cinema and Theater were other important areas of cultural diplomacy for Francesco Rutelli: film co-production agreements were concluded with China, Argentina, Slovenia, Croatia, and Switzerland. A Cooperation Memorandum on Theater was agreed with the Chilean Government.
During his ministerial mandate, the Italian Government strengthened its outstanding contribution to UNESCO’s budget and maintained its first position in voluntary contributions.
L'esperienza capitolina
da dicembre 1993 a gennaio 2001
In parlamento e al governo
Presidenza COPASIR
Libri, saggi, testi e relazioni
Interviste, riflessioni ed estratti