Ambassador Gian Lorenzo Cornado is new Italian Representative to the UN in Geneva

Ambassador Gian Lorenzo Cornado has been appointed Italian Representative to the United Nations in Geneva. During his first day in the new position he affirmed that "Human rights, migration, refugees, health, and employment are at the top of our priorities". Cornado has held several technical and leadership position within the Italian foreign service, including head of cabinet to multiple ministers of foreign affairs. 

Press release - UN (in Italian)

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Coordination SUD signs letter to Macron on role of NGOs in migrants sea rescues

French NGO umbrella organization Coordination SUD signed an open letter to President Emmanuel Macron on the role of NGOs in saving migrants at sea. The letter comes as a response to the President's comments last June, which criticized the role of NGOs in the Mediterranean. He claimed they intervened in the case of the Lifeline boat “in contravention of all the rules" and were ultimately supporting smugglers by refusing to hand over 233 rescued migrants to the Libyan coastguard. 

Signatories included 68 national and international NGOs including Action Against Hunger, Global Health Advocates, Oxfam France, Care France, Sidaction, Solthis, and Doctors of the World.

Open letter - Coordination SUD (in French)

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Fabrizio Palermo appointed as new Cassa Depositi e Prestiti CEO

The board of directors of Italian public investment fund Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) has appointed Luigi Paganetto as Vice Chairman and Fabrizio Palermo as Chief Executive Officer.

The 2014 Italian cooperation reform introduced the first Italian development finance institution as part of the CDP, a joint-stock company under public control that manages postal savings. CDP will finance development projects through private and public financing, risk-sharing, and capital-risk instruments. It will be supervised by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Palermo has been Chief Financial Officer at CDP since 2014 and previously held several technical and leadership positions at Fincantieri, an Italian shipbuilding company, the fourth- largest in the world.

Press release - Cassa Depositi e Prestiti


Italy applies to become member of UN Human Rights Council

Italy is campaigning to become a member of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council for the 2019-2021 period. An inter-governmental body responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and addressing human rights violations, the Council is made of 47 member states, which are elected by the majority of members of the UN General Assembly. 

In its candidacy documents, Italy emphasized how it will streamline human rights promotion and protection in conflict prevention, conflict resolution, and peaceful conflict settlement, and pledged to support prompt response to human rights emergencies. 

Publication - Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Rome hosts Permanent Secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean

Rome has been selected to host the new Permanent Secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), an intergovernmental organization of 43 member states from Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. As a the parliamentary institution of the UfM, the Parliamentary Assembly (PA-UfM) provides a framework for multilateral cooperation among elected representatives of the EU and its Southern Mediterranean partner countries.

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

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FAO signs partnership with Italian research agencies on sustainable agriculture

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) has signed a partnership agreement with the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) and three other public Italian research agencies to improve the production of sustainable food in developing economies. The partnership will focus on topics including:

  • Agricultural innovation
  • Climate change
  • Developing new technologies and protocols to improve food quality and nutrition
  • Boosting food value chains through a systemic approach to local innovation, soil, and water management and the quality of ecosystems.

According to Pier Francesco Sacco, Permanent Representative of the Italian Republic to the International Organizations in Rome, the partnership will support agricultural innovation for family farmers and small land owners in particular.

Press release - Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Development cooperation transparency: Italy's IATI rating raised from 'very poor' to 'fair'

For the first time Italy has been included in the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) report, following joining in March 2017. IATI is a voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative that seeks to improve the transparency of development and humanitarian resources in order to increase their effectiveness in tackling poverty.

In this year's report, Italy has moved out of the the 'very poor' category to enter the 'fair' category with 45 points out of 100.

Full report - IATI

Brief on Italy - IATI

News article - Repubblica (in Italian)

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Oxfam report finds that food supply chains exacerbate global inequality

A report published by Oxfam has found that international food supply chains create inequalities across the global economy, particularly with regard to commercial supermarket policies and the agro-food sector. The report includes a case study on labor exploitation of migrant workers in Italy's agriculture sector. It urges both governments and consumers to demand change and enforce protections for small-scale farmers and workers. 

Publication - Oxfam

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Italian government establishes national commission for sustainable development

A directive published in the 'Official Gazette' states that the Italian prime minister's office will coordinate the implementation of a 'National Sustainable Development Strategy'. This will be achieved through a commission which will be chaired by the prime minister and composed of parliamentary ministers and representatives from regions, provinces, and municipalities.

The commission must report annually on the implementation of the National Strategy and to this end each ministry must present analysis of the coherence between their policies and the Sustainable Development Goals by September this year. Information and public communication initiatives are also planned to promote the importance of Agenda 2030.

Publication Official Gazette (in Italian)

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New Italian minister of interior closes Italian ports to NGO rescue boats

Italian Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini has declared that Italy will deny permission to another migrant-rescue ship to dock at an Italian port following refusal to another ship carrying 629 migrants on June 10. Salvini, who is also deputy premier and leader of the League party, said via Twitter: "Italy has stopped bowing its head and obeying, this time THERE IS SOMEONE WHO SAYS NO." 

The development came a day after the new Spanish government headed by Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez offered to allow the ship to dock in Valencia. The refusal to accept it in Italy was the first major anti-migrant move since far-right Salvini took office this month.

News report - The Guardian 

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