Italy offers support to Kenya to achieve its development agenda

Deputy Italian Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio and Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto held a bilateral meeting in Rome. Ruto acknowledged the work of the Italian development agency in Kenya in areas of water, sanitation, and agriculture, while Italy offered to support initiatives that would result in more trade between the two countries. 

News report - Capital News


Italy and UNICEF promote hand hygiene in Tunisia as part of initiative to support school systems

The Italian ambassador in Tunis, Lorenzo Fanara, representatives from UNICEF, and the Tunisian Minister for Education, Hatem Ben Salem, celebrated 'Global Handwashing Day' at an event together with school children in the country. The initiative is part of a broader program launched in October 2016 to support the school system in partnership with UNICEF and financed with €2.36 million (US$2.6 million).

Handwashing is a hygienic practice that can prevent the transmission of diseases, but it is not yet widespread in the daily life of Tunisian children, and many schools in rural areas still lack access to drinking water and sanitation.

Press release – Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (in Italian)  

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Italy supports UNDP with €3 million for rehabilitation of forests in Lebanon

In support of the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15, Italy has announced a donation of €3 million (US$3 million) to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on training activities addressed to local authorities as well as equipment and  tools for an effective management of natural resources in Lebanon.

The goal of the financing is to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Twittter post – Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

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Italy supports Syria with €2.5 million in emergency contributions

Italy’s deputy minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Emanuela Del Re, has announced financing of €2.5 million (US$2.7 million) for humanitarian support in Northern Syria. The funding is for: 

  • €1.5 million (US$1.6 million) to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) for essential goods and services for the civilian population in the Provinces of Idlib, Aleppo, and Hama
  • €1 million (US$1.1 million) to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to improve living conditions for women and families in Raqqua
  • €500,000 (US$553,000) to the World Food Programme (WFP) to address emergencies and food shortages in Syria

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

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Italy pledges €1 million to UNOPS for sanitary infrastructure in Sudan

As one of the key partners to the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Sudan, Italy has announced support for sanitary infrastructure projects in the country, pledging €1 million (US$1.1 million) to support UNOPS on progress towards SDG 3. UNOPS, among other agencies, contributes to infrastructure development in Sudan. So far UNOPS has improved access to clean drinking water for over 750,000 people in the country.     

Tweet - official account of Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation


UNICEF and Italian Development Cooperation celebrate ongoing partnership

The Chief of the Italian Development Cooperation, Giorgio Marrapodi, visited the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Office of Research in Florence. On the occasion of the UNICEF International Council meeting, he expressed strong commitment to UNICEF’s work. Similarly, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore thanked Italy for its continuous support of the agency's mandate.

Twitter post - Official Account Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Twitter post - Official Account Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation


Italy pledges over €1 million to WHO support for migrants in Libyan detention centers

Italy's foreign ministry has pledged €1.1 million (US$1.2 million) to the World Health Organization to increase health services for migrants in detention centers in Libya, ahead of the Summit on Libya it organized in Palermo from November 12-13, 2018. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has referred to the situation in Libya, a key country of transit for migrants and refugees on the way to Europe, as “human rights crisis”. Italy's contribution aims to support migrants with better diagnostic services and timely medical care. 

Press release - Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (in Italian)

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Italy provides emergency financing to UNICEF for drought relief in Afghanistan

Emanuela Del Re, Italy’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, gave €500,000 (US$553,000) in additional emergency funding to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to be spent on distributing meals to children in Afghanistan’s Herat Province. Afghanistan is suffering from one of the worst droughts in decades, leading to severe internal displacement and urgent need for emergency assistance.

Press release - Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

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