MESSAGE BY THE AESOP PRESIDENT AND COLLEAGUES FROM MEMBER SCHOOLS
The fundamental precondition for sustainable spatial development is humanity, peace, justice, understanding, tolerance, respect, dialogue and collaboration of people, communities and nations. They belong to the principal values followed in each AESOP activity. Awareness of our shared responsibility for the world, for the future of the next generations, for safeguarding principles of democracy and understanding our role as spatial planners in protecting these values leads us to refuse each attack on these values explicitly, each act of aggression against other states, nations, races or social groups, each expression of threats of war destruction or violence.
As representatives and members of the Association of European Schools of Planning, we express our sincere condolences to all victims of the conflict causing untold suffering to the entire civilian population in Israel and Palestine. We are shocked and appalled by the terrible violence. Our thoughts are with all the hostages and the victims, as well as their families and friends.
In particular, we would like to express our sympathy to our friends and colleagues in the planning community who either live or have strong ties in the area. We hope the region will return soon in peace to a renewed responsibility for space and respect for life.
ExCo invites you, as a staff or student of member schools of AESOP, to sign the above statement.
AESOP Executive Committee
Thomas Dillinger, AESOP President
Maria Håkansson, AESOP Vice President
Giancarlo Cotella, AESOP Secretary General
Camilla Perrone, AESOP Treasurer
Alex Deffner, AESOP Conference Officer
Tijana Dabovic, Chair of the Excellence in Education Board
Paulo Silva, AESOP Representative in GPEAN
Sila Ceren Varis Husar, Chair of AESOP Young Academics Network