The Guaita tower in San Marino city, the NYC UN building and a UFO appear together with the flag of San Marino and the logos of ICER and CUN in Project Titan’s logo. (Author’s document)
On that date, a delegation composed by Roberto Pinotti, President of CUN and ICER, Gary Heseltine, Vice President of ICER and this writer, responsible for international contacts of CUN and ICER’s National Representative for Italy, were received at Palazzo Pubblico by San Marino’s Secretary of State for Education and Culture, Andrea Belluzzi.
The purpose of this visit was to illustrate and officially submit to the government of San Marino the proposal for an initiative called ‘Project Titan’ (in Italian ‘Progetto Titano’). The Project envisages that in its capacity as a United Nations (UN) member state, the Republic of San Marino submits a proposal to the UN for the creation of an Office tasked with the organization of a periodical world conference. The purpose of the proposed conference is to assess the state of research on the UAP/UFO phenomenon and is meant to be held in the Republic of San Marino.
The CUN-ICER delegation in the Public Palace of San Marino, with accompanying escort, waiting to be received by the Minister of Culture and University of RSM.
From left, the author, the ‘Guardia di Rocca’ Sergeant Mr. Ronald Cardinali, Gary Heseltine and Roberto Pinotti. (Author's Photo)
Historical Precedents - It All Started With A Small Caribbean Island
Decision 33/426 of 1978 was the result of precise action undertaken by the Republic of Grenada, a small island in the Caribbean Sea that had recently become independent of Great Britain. Its leader, Prime Minister Sir Eric Gairy, had a particular interest in the issue of UFOs, as they were called at that time, and he took the initiative to have the subject addressed at the international level by the UN.
Sir Gairy's action, already foreshadowed during the 30th UN General Assembly of 1975, would then gain momentum during the General Assemblies of the following two years with initiatives of increasing tone, culminating with the 33rd General Assembly of 1978, the one in which Decision 426 was approved.
Official portrait of Sir Eric Matthew Gairy, Feb. 18, 1922 - Aug. 23, 1997 (from https://gov.gd)
This is not at all correct because the United Nations official documents, available online, show that in 1978 the Grenada proposal had procedurally completed the cycle of presentation, discussion and vote. In fact, the proposal was submitted through diplomatic channels to the Office of the UN Secretary-General. The Special Political Committee was chosen for discussion. It was taken into consideration by the Committee during three different sessions. During this process, Grenada modified several times the text of its proposal on the basis of the discussions held in the Committee (and of the related, strong downward pressure). The Committee finally recommended the modified proposal to the General Assembly for a vote. Then, on December 18th 1978, the Assembly proceeded to vote on it by consensus, transforming the proposal into the 426th Decision of that General Assembly.
With this last act the complete cycle of presentation, discussion and vote was concluded. From a formal point of view nothing was left unfinished..
Sir Eric Gairy giving a speech at the UN General Assembly (from http://www.openminds.tv)
The comparative examination of the texts shows that in Decision 33/426 the spirit of the original 1978 Grenada proposal to the United Nations has been entirely reversed.
In simple terms, Grenada had proposed the creation of a UN agency responsible for the study of the UFO phenomenon, while the resulting decision invited interested member states to organize themselves and proceed on their own to study the phenomenon.
To make a paradoxical comparison, but which gives a good idea, one could say that it is a bit like asking for a four-engine transport plane, but ending up with a baby stroller.
The official text of Decision 33/426 adopted by the UN General Assembly on Dec. 18, 1978 (from https://undocs.org)
Therefore, if there has been anything left unfinished in Grenada's general action towards the UN, something that has remained "hanging", unrealized, that is the original spirit of the proposal: to elevate the UFO/UAP discourse to its proper level, i.e., the international public level. It is therefore from the original spirit of the initiative where we must start if one wants to revive it in the appropriate way. As for Decision 33/426, in itself, it is factually useless and can be held as a historical reference.
The Distant Genesis Of Project Titan
Palazzo Pubblico in San Marino city, seat of government (Author's photo)
The Near Genesis Of Project Titan
Thus, in the spring of 2019, when the process had already demonstrated that it was not a fatuous fire, and well aware of the historical precedents at the UN and of the previous attempts of Dr. Pinotti, this writer realized that the time was finally ripe to engage with San Marino again.
The need to start off on the right foot immediately became apparent.
It was necessary to have a clear objective right from the start, that of putting on paper an organic and well-structured proposal that constituted a precise plan of action, a precise business plan to propose to the government of the Republic of San Marino. It was also evident that such an undertaking would imply for the CUN the need to provide support to the authorities of San Marino in terms of ufological, procedural and media issues. It was not a simple task, as this would require the deployment of quite a considerable range of resources. Very soon, it became clear that a collaboration with another body was essential. Something easier said than done, as this other body had to be very qualified. Fortunately, at that time there was an idea that was consolidating, and that (after a long gestation) would have led to the formation of ICER, the International Coalition for Extraterrestrial Research. But ICER had to become an established reality first and in the spring of 2021, although this was already decided, it was not yet known when this would happen.
Moreover, news from the San Marino side was not good: it seemed that the government was no longer willing to sponsor the CUN Symposium.
After many months spent in uncertainty, at a certain point, the wind returned to swell the Project's sails. In a short time around middle 2021, it was possible to find a local sponsorship in San Marino, a useful date for the Symposium and a suitable, international ufological partner with which to join forces to support San Marino: the ICER became a reality towards the end of May 2021.
So it was that in a few years, after patient examinations of official documents, version after version, successive refinements, long periods of uncertainty, setbacks and restarts, in the early days of September 2021, this writer succeeded in finalizing the final version of that Project, which bears the name of the mount that is the very symbol of the most serene Republic of San Marino.
And so it was that finally on September 13 2021, the day after the conclusion of the 30th International Symposium on UFOs organized by CUN on Mount Titano, the proposal to participate in the Project bearing its name was finally submitted by a joint ICER-CUN delegation to the San Marino government.
It is important to note here that this Project emanates directly from the original spirit of the Grenada proposal. Credit for this fully goes to Dr Roberto Pinotti, who more than twenty years ago was clear about the important role that the Republic of San Marino could play in the process of bringing the UAP/UFO phenomenon to the attention of the highest forum of mankind. A process for which this writer has only looked for ways to make it practically feasible.
The Documents That Compose The Project
The three documents that compose Project Titan: Project, Presentation and Memorandum of Understanding (Author's documents)
The Project explicitly would mean that the new office should weigh as little as possible on the structure of the United Nations, proposing that it be constituted within a pre-existing structure.
The conference to be organized by this office is conceived to allow the participation of any kind of actor in the UAP/UFO study and research process, such as
- UN specialized agencies
- Governmental research bodies of member states
- International organizations
- Private organizations.
An important point of the Project is where the synergic collaboration between the CUN and ICER is foreseen in order to support the San Marino government in ufological and procedural matters and to elevate media awareness of the initiative. Thanks to the joint wealth of knowledge and experience in the field as well as media contacts that the two organizations will make available to the San Marino government, the latter will benefit from valuable support throughout the practical implementation of the Project.
In the presentation are also mentioned the great importance for scientific progress in general and for the specific knowledge on the UFO/UAP phenomenon, still essentially mysterious, as well as the high potential of important scientific and technological fallouts that a genuine international collaboration can bring.
The presentation also takes into due consideration the financial aspect, underlining the fact that commitment of the proposed initiative for the Republic would be extremely limited, if not virtually null.
The presentation also highlights that the choice of the Republic of San Marino is definitely appropriate for this initiative. The tiny and ancient Republic is in fact not unfamiliar with the subject of UAP, as it has been hosting for some decades now the International Symposium on UFOs and related phenomena organized by the CUN, now in its thirtieth edition. The initiative of Project Titan for a world-class conference under the aegis of the UN, therefore, represents a natural evolution of this long-standing, successful and consolidated activity.
Poster for the 30th San Marino International Symposium on Unidentified Flying Objects/UAP
and Related Phenomena, held September 11 and 12, 2021 (Author's photo)
The two philatelic issues with a ufological theme of San Marino,
respectively of 1997 and 2013 (from https://www.centroufologiconazionale.net)
The neutrality of San Marino can indeed facilitate the meeting of geographically and geopolitically diversified cultures, knowledge and experiences. This would greatly help promote the exchange and discussion of experiences on the UAP/UFO phenomenon hitherto confined within national borders, which once publicly shared could significantly enrich the knowledge on UAP/UFO phenomenology for the benefit of science and humanity.
The Memorandum Of Understanding
The signing of the protocol sanctions the will of the parties to concretely implement the Project and formally starts its practical implementation.
Now that Project Titan has been submitted to the government authorities, it only remains to be hoped that the farsightedness of the San Marino government will finally allow the worthy crowning to the original spirit of Sir Gairy's initiative, revived after more than forty years by the efforts of Roberto Pinotti and put on paper by this writer.
The enchanting, neutral setting of San Marino City and its Mount Titano, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, could truly become the new "Geneva of UFOs".