Italy and the European Commission organize first humanitarian meeting on Libya

On October 20- 21, 2019, the Italian ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation co-organized with the European Commission's directorate-general for humanitarian aid and civil protection (ECHO) the first humanitarian meeting on Libya. The technical meeting will focus on the coordination of humanitarian assistance in the country.

Vice-minister of foreign affairs Emanuela del Re, in her opening speech, denounced the recent attack on civil infrastructures and called for respect for international humanitarian law to protect displaced civilians in the country. Del Re also decried the living condition of migrants in the detention centers in Libya, saying that the first priority for Italy is to replace the detention centers with facilities that respect the basic principles of law and judicial proceedings. 

Press release – Ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation

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Global Fund releases table showing total pledges by country

At its sixth replenishment conference in Lyon, France, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria raised a record-breaking US$14 billion in commitments from public and private donors, the largest amount of funding ever raised for a multilateral health organization. The Global Fund has since released a table showing the amounts pledged by each attendant.

Pledges at Global Fund Sixth Replenishment Conference - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Action Aid Italy denounces lack of transparency on development financing in government economic update

On October 1, 2019, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Minister of Economy Roberto Gualtieri presented the government's budget plans for 2020 as outlined in the updated economic and financial document (DEF). The 'update to the DEF' document is presented at the end of September or in early October of each year. It updates the public finance and economic forecasts contained in the DEF that will be presented to the parliament by October 20 and voted on by December 31, 2019.

Action Aid Italy criticized the update for failing to include estimates of the share of gross national income (GNI) dedicated to official development assistance (ODA). For Action Aid, this is a signal of the government's lack of commitment in the fight against poverty and inequalities in the world.

Press release – Ministry of Economy (in Italian)

Press release – Action Aid Italy (in Italian)


Italy confirms its commitment to global health leadership at UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage

On September 23, 2019, Italian vice-minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Emanuela Del Re, participated in the United Nations’ High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage as part of the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

In her speech, the vice minister confirmed Italy’s commitment to global health leadership, pointing to her government's increased contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (up this year by 15%). Del Re also declared that she aims to establish a ‘Child Diarrhea Day’. Child diarrhea is the second leading cause of death among children.

Press release – Ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation

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Italian ambassador Sequi appointed as head of cabinet of minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation

Ambassador Ettore Sequi, former Italian ambassador to China, has been nominated as the head of the cabinet of the minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Luigi Di Maio. 

The two have had a strong relationship since Di Maio was the minister of economic development, and they worked jointly on the Italian investment in the Chinese “new silk road”.

Press release – Ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation


Former prime minister Paolo Gentiloni nominated as Italian commissioner for the new European Commission

During the first meeting of the new Council of Ministries, prime minister Giuseppe Conte nominated Paolo Gentiloni as commissioner for the new EU Commission, lead by Ursula Von der Der Leyen from November 1, 2019.

Paolo Gentiloni is a founding member of the Democratic Party and served as prime minister from 2016- 2018, as minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation from 2014- 2016 under Matteo Renzi’s government, and minister of communication from 2016- 2008 under Romano Prodi.

Press release – Presidency of the Council of Ministries (in Italian)

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Head of Italy's Five Star party, Luigi Di Maio, appointed minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation

On September 5, 2019, prime minister Giuseppe Conte was sworn in for his second term. His new cabinet is composed of 21 ministers, 10 from the populist Five Star movement, nine from the center-left Democratic Party, and one from the left-wing Liberi e Uguali.

Luigi Di Maio, leader of the Five Star Movement and deputy prime minister in the previous government, has been nominated as minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation.

News article – La Repubblica (in Italian)


Italy increases Global Fund contributions by 15% to US$177 million

On August 25, 2019, during the G7 Head of State summit in Biarritz, Italy announced a pledge of €160 million (US$177 million) to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria for 2020-2022. This represents an increase of 15% from the previous contribution. 

Italy has been a strong supporter of the Global Fund from the outset, playing a major role in its creation at the G8 Summit in Genoa in 2001, and hosting the first meeting of donors to replenish the Global Fund’s resources in Rome in 2005. During the last Global Fund replenishment in 2016, Italy increased its contribution by 40%, from €100 million (US$ 110 million) to €140 million (US$155 million). 

Press release - Global Fund

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Italian NGOs publish open letter criticizing disengagement from international cooperation

On August 4, 2019, the three biggest Italian NGO networks AOI, CINI, and Link 2007 published an open letter addressed to the minister and the vice minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Enzo Moavero Milanesi and Emanuela Del Re. The CSOs denounced Italian disengagement in international cooperation and ask Moavero Milanesi and Del Re to act before it is too late. Their letter drew attention to and criticized the following points:

  1. The delay in staff recruitment for the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS); many key positions are still vacant.
  2. The postponement of the call for proposals on Global Citizenship Education for 2019.  
  3. The functioning of the National Council for Development Cooperation, which they recommend improving through regular convocation, increased contributions from working groups, and expansion of representation.
  4. The decrease of resources for NGOs leading projects on international cooperation from €70 to €26.4 million. 
  5. The increasing militarization of development funding that couples development initiatives with security priorities.

News article - Repubblica (in Italian)


Italy pledges €300,000 for DRC Ebola emergency

On July 16, 2019, at the high-level meeting on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Italy's vice minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Emanuela Del Re, pledged €300,000 (US$340,000) to support the WHO's operations in the North Kivu and Ituri regions to combat the epidemic. 

Press release - Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Press release - WHO

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