The Secretary General of UCCLA, Vitor Ramalho, will launch his latest book “My causes” on September 8, at 6 pm, in the UCCLA auditorium, in Lisbon, Portugal.
With the seal of Guerra e Paz Editores, the work will be presented by Leonor Beleza, her former colleague in the government of the “Central Bloc” at the Ministry of Labor where both belonged as Secretaries of State and by Nicolau Santos, as an author born in Angola. .
The book addresses themes about the initiatives that the author promoted or co-organized and that he understood to be of collective interest to publish them in book form.
According to the author, the topics covered in the book deal with the Portuguese-speaking world, particularly with facts that occurred in Angola and Mozambique, as well as with the anti-colonial struggle, in addition to those having to do with Portugal’s internal policy and the country’s affirmation in the world.
The book launch will be broadcast live through the UCCLA Facebook page (at https://www.facebook.com/UniaodasCidadesCapitaisLinguaPortuguesa)
We live today in a multipolar world, with new geostrategic perspectives.
The strengthening of populism, authoritarian drifts, uncertainty in the future and sailing along the lines gave way to the marginalization of causes in politics, affecting the direction of the march.
These ‘My Causes’, by leading us to reflect on the importance of the facts in which the author was involved, transport us to the defense and deepening of national goals and, essentially, to the nobility of the exercise of political activity.
The 24 chapters of the book begin with a humanitarian trip to Luanda, at the invitation of the International Red Cross, for an on-the-spot assessment of the measures necessary to consolidate peace in the period that would follow the fratricidal war that Angola had and end with the need to safeguard the collective memory, which also guarantees the future.
Vitor Ramalho is a man of causes, something that is revealed in his journey, throughout his life: it is the stories of this journey and these causes, told in the first person, that the author shares with us in this As Minhas Causas.
It is said that a nation that forgets its past has no future, so Vitor Ramalho presents us with this book for the future memory of the causes that, he says, “belong to everyone, because national designs are not the exclusive property of anyone. ” and “no human action can be achieved in isolation”.
• His essential role as a mediator in the recovery of Lisnave, the main Portuguese shipbuilding and repair shipyard;
• Having been one of the central figures in the broad mobilization process of the I Congress of Angolan Staff Abroad, which framed the peace process for Angola, in Bicesse;
• The contributions it made to the peace process around Ressano Garcia, Mozambique, before the Rome accords, and also to the first free elections held in 1994 in Mozambique;
• Promotion of the fight against hunger, having been a promoter of the Portuguese Campaign against hunger in Angola during the civil war;
• Its activism promoting the participation of civil society, embodied in the creation of the Association for civic participation Participate+;
• The defense of principles, without hesitation, in the public functions that he exercised, namely, in the so-called «limiano budget», in the «Portugal que Futuro?» Congress. or in the contribution to make viable companies in difficulties;
• Its struggle for Lusophony and for the preservation of privileged ties of friendship and cooperation with Portuguese-speaking peoples and countries.
In a personal record of situations and events experienced by the author, Vitor Ramalho shows us that «there is no future without memory».
These are your causes, ‘My Causes’.
Vitor Manuel Sampaio Caetano Ramalho was born in Caála, Angola, on July 21, 1948, graduating in Law from the University of Lisbon in 1970. He practiced law and had governmental functions as Secretary of State for Labor in the government of the central block (1984-1985), presided over by Mário Soares.
He was deputy secretary of state to the Minister of Economy in the first government of António Guterres (1997-2000) and consultant to the Civil House of the President of the Portuguese Republic, Mário Soares (1986-1996). From 2000 to 2008, he was a deputy elected by the Socialist Party, having, in the exercise of his functions, chaired the Portugal-Angola Parliamentary Friendship Group, the XI Commission of the Assembly of the Republic (Labor and Social Security) and the National Nucleus of Parliamentary Forums of Portuguese language.
He assumed the vice-presidency of the Portuguese Red Cross (1999-2003), was a visiting professor at the Autonomous University of Lisbon and president of the INATEL Foundation. He is a member of numerous Portuguese-speaking civil society associations, and is also chairman of the board of Associação Cívica Participate +.
He is currently secretary-general of UCCLA – Union of Portuguese-Speaking Capital Cities and author of several technical publications on labor law and the Portuguese-speaking world, in addition to having published books, the latest of which is Crónica de Uma Amizade Fixe, from the collection Themes and Debates, by Bertrand.