French foreign minister lists priorities for UN Security Council presidency

Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian has declared the Sahel region and the protection of children in armed conflict as priorities for the French United Nations Security Council (UNSC) presidency, which started on October 1, 2017. He also stated that the following issues will be placed in the UNSC agenda: 1) the protection of humanitarian and medical personnel in armed conflict, 2) the Rohingya crisis, 3) migration, and 4) women, peace, and security.

Press release - France Diplomatie (in French) 

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France and Italy agree to strengthen foreign policy cooperation

A recent Franco-Italian summit laid out various areas to intensify cooperation between Italy and France, including foreign policy. Both countries agreed to strengthen dialogue on regional and thematic issues of common interest. A regional focus will be set on Africa, in particular on the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, and the MENA region. Additionally, leaders agreed to strengthen partnerships in the fields of migration, security, terrorism, environment, climate, renewable energy, and development.

Publication - French government (in French)

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Italian Prime Minister highlights importance of multilateralism at UN General Assembly

Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni told the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that countries cannot confront global challenges on their own or by erecting walls, emphasizing the importance of a multilateral foreign policy. "Preventing conflicts, natural disasters and ensuing humanitarian and migration crises, which in turn cause instability, does not mean building barriers," he said. "Instead, it means implementing inclusive and sustainable development."

The Prime Minister also called for a global response to irregular migration, which he argued should start with the EU and then be taken on by the entire international community.

Speech - YouTube 


Italian all-party group supports Milan candidature to host European Medicine Agency

Lia Quartapelle, head of Italian leading party PD in the Commission of Foreign Affairs, launched an all-party group to support the Milan candidature to host the European Medicine Agency (EMA). Milan is among 19 European cities competing to host EMA, which will relocate from London after the UK leaves the EU. Rival bidders include Barcelona, Bonn, Helsinki, Athens, Amsterdam, and Porto. An assessment of the bids will be published by the European Commission by the end of September 2017, with a final decision expected in November 2017.

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Italy approves humanitarian and development initiatives in Chad and Niger

Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, announced the approval of humanitarian and development initiatives for vulnerable groups in Chad and Niger. Libya’s southern neighboring countries are a focus of Italian development actions, being transit countries bordering Libya, he stated.  €4 million is earmarked for initiatives in Niger, including interventions regarding health, water supply, food security, education, and economic support for more vulnerable groups. An additional €3 million will be allocated to Chad for initiatives focusing on prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition, as well as food assistance and health care for children.

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Italian)


ONE 2017 data report urges a 'doubling' of development finance in Africa

International campaigning and advocacy organization ONE's 2017 data report, 'Financing for the African Century', reveals that the world's poorest countries - and the world's poorest citizens - are receiving a declining share of global resources. While ODA levels have grown globally, the share for least developed countries (LDCs) and Africa has declined, and foreign direct investment (FDI) flows remain the lowest of any region in the world. 

With the continent’s population set to double by 2050, the report urges that all forms of development finance also be doubled. According to the report, increased investment in the empowerment of Africa's youth will be critical to harnessing its 'demographic dividend' and will require cooperation between African governments, donors, civil society, and the private sector.

Publication - ONE

Italy launches €6 million tender for NGOs to improve human rights in migrant camps in Libya

On September 4, 2017, Mario Giro, Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced that Italy will allocate 6 million to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to improve human rights in migrant detention camps in Libya. The announcement comes two days after Doctors Without Borders (MSF), issued an open letter to European leaders in which it denounced the systematic abuse in Libyan migrant camps.

Italy will also allocate an additional 3 million to support an agreement with Libyan mayors in areas where migrant detention camps are located. Further, a representative from the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) will transfer to Tripoli, where Italy established an embassy in January 2017.

News article - La Stampa (in Italian)

News article – ANSA

Open letter - Doctors Without Borders (in Italian)


Italy provides €1 million to UNHCR for humanitarian assistance in Myanmar

On August 30, 2017, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, announced a €1 million loan to UNHCR to provide humanitarian assistance in the Rakhine State in Myanmar. The Italian contribution envisages protection, assistance, and advocacy activities to curb and prevent violence, to benefit approximately 40,000 people. Alfano further emphasized the importance of integration policies in a long-term development perspective, in order to support the reconciliation process.

Website – MAECI (in Italian)


French President Macron hosts mini-EU summit on migration in Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed leaders from Chad, Nigeria, Libya, Germany, Italy, and Spain, as well as the European Union (EU) High Representative, to take stock of migratory crises in the region and to “reaffirm European support to Chad, Nigeria and Libya for managed migratory flows”. The event follows the Valetta summit in 2015, when the EU committed €1.8 billion in financing to assist migratory management. Leaders noted that further support to Africa for migration is needed, specifically through the European Development Fund (EDF).

Newspaper article – Le Monde (in French)

Newspaper article – Elysee (in French)

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EU Trust Fund for Africa provides €46 million to Libya

The EU Trust Fund for Africa has adopted a €46 million program to strengthen Libyan authorities’ border-management capacity related to migration flows, migrant rescue, smuggling networks, and human rights. The Italian Ministry of the Interior will implement the efforts.

This iniative bolsters other actions that the Trust Fund is already undertaking to reduce migratory pressure along the Central Mediterranean Route. Overall, €136 million have been committed to Libya under the Trust Fund since January 2017, including a €90 million package adopted in April 2017 to reinforce the protection and resilience of migrants, refugees, and host communities.

Press release - European Union

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