P R O J E C T T I T A N
by Paolo Guizzardi, ICER Italy
Project creator and manager
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)
Project Titan is a new initiative with an ancient origin. It is new, as it was conceived barely three years ago, and it is old, as its historic origin can ideally be traced back to the 70s.
Project Titan is a plan of action centered on the tiny Republic of San Marino, located in the northern part of Italy, and surrounded by it.
Project Titan aims at the creation of an international periodic conference to assess and improve the study and research on the UAP phenomenon as well as to bring together all interested parties in order to share experiences and knowledge. This conference will be held in San Marino under the aegis of the United Nations.
The geographical location of San Marino (from Google Earth)
Let us now see the Project in detail.
Historical Precedents – It All Started With A Small Caribbean Island
In order to understand how this all came about, it is necessary to go back to the day when “at the UN they talked about UFOs”, that is to say, the New York of December 18, 1978. On that date, the UN General Assembly approved Decision 33/426, where the UN General Assembly “…invites interested member states to take appropriate measures to coordinate at the national level scientific research and investigations into extraterrestrial life, including unidentified flying objects, and to inform the Secretary General of observations, research and evaluation of such activities.”
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.
At this point, it is necessary to make a procedural clarification. Perhaps a tedious one, but one that is necessary in order to correctly frame the entire situation. It is widely believed that the Grenada proposal’s examination by the UN had been suspended due to the coup that ousted Gairy’s government in March 1979. The Grenada proposal would have thus since then remained “dormant”. Any interested member state could have it ‘resurrected’ in order to resubmit it on its own initiative.
With this last act the complete cycle of presentation, discussion and vote was concluded. From a formal point of view nothing was left unfinished.
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 jet transport plane, but ending up with a baby stroller.
In any case, as we know from historical documents, Sir Gairy’s action towards the UN would not have remained limited to Decision 33/426. As such, the decision was somehow accepted by Gairy as a temporary stopgap. He was nonetheless happy with ‘keeping the attention alive on the subject’ for the moment. Sir Gairy’s government was then overthrown in March 1979 while he was in New York to develop the next steps of his pro-UFO initiative. Bishop’s coup put an end, not only to Sir Gairy’s government, but also to his pro-UFO UN initiative, which came to a standstill, as no other UN member country showed any interest in the matter.
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
It was Dr. Roberto Pinotti, the current President of the Centro Ufologico Nazionale (CUN) and more recently of ICER, a fine connoisseur of the Grenada initiative, who seriously intends to revive its spirit, that realised a couple of decades ago already that the Republic of San Marino had the right characteristics to host a world-class conference on the UAP/UFO phenomenon. He knew this small republic very well due to personal reasons and soon realised that its neutrality, plus its full UN membership, made the tiny and ancient Republic an ideal candidate to revive the spirit of Sir Gairy’s initiative.
But as it was for the Republic of Grenada in 1978, in the 90s the time was not ripe for San Marino to engage the UN on this issue. That was despite several attempts by Pinotti; however, the idea never went beyond the stage of a verbal proposal.
Then came that fateful date of December 16, 2017, when the New York Times and Politico made known to the public the existence of the AATIP program, starting the process of disclosure, i.e., the removal of the UFO secret, which is still ongoing.
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.
As if that were not enough, another problem introduced a further factor of uncertainty. It had already been decided that the presentation of Project Titan to the San Marino government would coincide with the 30th edition of the International UFO Symposium organized by the CUN in San Marino, an unmissable and highly symbolic occasion. But the volatility of the situation caused by Covid-19 had made it very difficult to set any firm date for the Symposium in 2021.
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: ICER, which 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 Titano, the mount that is the very symbol of the most serene Republic of San Marino.
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 already 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 mankind’s highest forum. A process for which this writer has only looked for ways to make it practically feasible.
The Documents That Compose The Project
The Project consists of three documents: the Project itself, the Presentation for the San Marino government authorities and the Memorandum of Understanding between the parties for its concrete implementation.
The qualifying point of the Project envisages that the government of San Marino submits to the UN Secretary-General Office a proposal for the creation within the UN structure of an office in charge of the organisation of a periodical international conference to assess, review and facilitate studies and research on the UAP/UFO phenomenon, to be held in San Marino.
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.
The purpose of the conference is to serve as a stage, strategically located in a neutral state, where information, knowledge and new ideas about UAP/UFOs can be openly presented, exchanged, discussed and openly disseminated. This would end the secrecy and fragmentation at the national level that has been the rule until now, thus finally initiating a genuine and open international collaboration on the subject.
An important aspect of the Project is the synergic collaboration between CUN and ICER 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.
The logos of the International Coalition for Extraterrestrial Research (ICER) and of the Centro Ufologico Nazionale of Italy, the two driving forces behind the Project Titan initiative
The practical implementation of the Project, should San Marino accept to participate in it, will start with the official submission of the proposal to the UN Secretary-General Office through San Marino’s diplomatic representation within the organisation. According to UN practice, the proposal will be allocated for discussion at the committee that will be deemed appropriate (the Special Political Committee was the chosen place of examination for the Grenada proposal, but today it could be different). There the proposal will be discussed – a stage in which changes may be made. Once agreement is reached by the examining committee, it will recommend the agreed text of the proposal for a vote at the General Assembly. In case of approval by the General Assembly, the proposal will become an official UN Resolution, or Decision, which will be implemented according to its provisions.
In the presentation for the San Marino Authorities, the advantages that the Republic of San Marino could draw from this initiative are highlighted, those are: notoriety in the world with a positive influence on tourism and their desired diversification, as well as a positive image for the country, all whilst increasing its international stature.
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.
Last but not least, the presentation underlines the fact that the Republic’s centuries-old neutrality, a well-deserved source of national pride, makes it the ideal location to host a world-class forum such as the one proposed.
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
Finally, the Memorandum of Understanding is the document whereby the parties, i.e. the Government of San Marino, ICER and CUN, express their joint will to practically implement the Project according to what is contained in its text.
The signing of the protocol sanctions the will of the parties to concretely implement the Project and formally starts its practical implementation.
If the San Marino government accepts ICER and CUN’s proposal of Project Titan, 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”.
September 13, 2021,
The day after the closure of the 30th edition of the International Symposium on UAP/UFO phenomenology organized by the Centro Ufologico Nazionale in San Marino, 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 as well as ICER’s National Representative for Italy, was received at Palazzo Pubblico (the Palace of Government) by San Marino’s Secretary of State for Education and Culture, Mr. Andrea Belluzzi.
The purpose of this visit was to illustrate and officially submit Project Titan to the government of San Marino.
After an introduction by Mr. Pinotti, Secretary Belluzzi was briefed by this writer on the most important characteristics of the Project, its origins, scope and the importance and benefits that San Marino could derive from it. He also received multiple copies of the documents that compose the Project.
Secretary Belluzzi assured the ICER-CUN delegation that he would have referred to his colleagues of the Consiglio di Stato (the government of San Marino) on the Project.
December 12, 2021
Dr. Roberto Pinotti and Dr. Augusto Casali were received by the Capitani Reggenti, the two Heads of State of the Republic of San Marino. In the course of a cordial meeting that lasted over an hour, they presented Project Titan to the highest authorities of the Republic.
Dr. Augusto Casali is a long-time San Marino politician, and he is the person to whom the credit goes for having allowed over thirty years ago, when he was Minister of Tourism, the first of the successful series of International Symposia on Unidentified Flying Objects organized by the Centro Ufologico Nazionale under the aegis of the government of San Marino.
The meeting began with an extensive historical review in which Dr. Casali provided a retrospective of the events that led to the CUN Symposia in San Marino, pointing out how the seriousness of the organization has allowed a significant duration of the event in time and constituted a decades-long occasion of attraction on Mount Titano for a wide audience.
Dr. Pinotti then proceeded to illustrate Project Titan to the Capitani Reggenti by first of all making a historical retrospective on the Grenada initiative to bring the UN to take an interest in UFOs in 1978, stressing how the Titan Project intends to take up the baton of Sir Gairy’s initiative.
Dr. Pinotti then gave a clear picture of the latest developments in the U.S.A. which led to the full “clearance” of the UAP phenomenon, clarifying that the only reasonably foreseeable obstacle that could have had negative repercussions for San Marino was now overcome.
He then proceeded to illustrate in detail the Project and the benefits that the Republic could derive from it in terms of spreading the knowledge of San Marino in the world, international prestige, increase and diversification of tourist flows and the possibility of creating a specific induced activity.
The attention of the Heads of State was also drawn to the fact that the centuries-old neutrality of San Marino is a precious asset which would perfectly fit and facilitate an international forum such as the one envisaged by the Project.
Many and pertinent questions were asked by the Capitani Reggenti to Dr. Pinotti during the long meeting, demonstrating a concrete interest.
At the end of the meeting, the Capitani Reggenti assured that they would have reported to the Government on this meeting, expressing a favorable opinion on Project Titan.
January 31st, 2022
NOTE: This section of the article will be updated with any further development.