Italy announces €2 million grant to protect migrant minors in Libya

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced a €2 million grant from the Africa Fund to UNICEF to fund projects on migrant minors' protection in Libya.

The project authorizes the creation of shelters for vulnerable youth in Tripoli and calls for the provision of medical supplies to improve health and hygiene conditions, as well as the improvement of health facilities and water sanitation.

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation


Italy falls to 20th place of DAC countries in the 2017 Principled Aid Index rankings

The UK think tank Overseas Development Institute (ODI) released on June 3, 2019 an analysis of the Principled Aid Index. The Index ranks bilateral Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donors by how they use their official development assistance (ODA) to pursue their long-term national interest in a safer and more sustainable, prosperous world; Italy was given 20th place.

Italy's rankings have fallen in recent years, from 18th place in 2015 to 21st in 2016, with a rebound to 20th in 2017. This decline can be attributed to the drop in performance at the 'needs' dimension, where Italy's score fell sharply from 17th in 2015 to 23rd in 2017 across indicators that measured support for displaced populations and gender equality.

Country rankings- Principled Aid Index

Analysis - Open Cooperazione (in Italian) 


WHO agrees on Italian resolution on transparency in drug costs

On May 28th, 2019, World Health Organization (WHO) members agreed by consensus to adopt the draft of a  resolution on improving the transparency of markets for drugs, vaccines and other health-related technologies. This resolution had been originally proposed by Italy in February 2019, an Italian representatives worked to build support among WHO member states. This effort was conducted jointly by the Minister of Health, the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA), the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and civil society. The agreed upon text of the resolution “urges member states in accordance with their national and regional legal frameworks and contexts” to make  information on net prices public, and to support dissemination, availability and overall transparency of procurement price data. The final resolution stopped short, though, of empowering WHO to collect and analyze concrete data on drug manufacturer's production costs, which had been the central aim of earlier drafts of the resolution.

News article - Reuters

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G20 finance and health ministers to collaborate to promote UHC

With the goal of achieving universal health coverage (UHC) in all countries and establishing a sustainable health finance system, the government of Japan will host a group of 20 (G20) Finance Ministers and Health Ministers' Joint Meeting as an official side event to the G20 Osaka Summit, to held on June 28-29, 2019.

Press release - Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (in Japanese)

News article - Japan Times

2019 U20 Tokyo communique focuses on climate action, social inclusion, and sustainable growth

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government hosted the Urban 20 (U20) Tokyo Meyers Summit. The communique from the summit focuses on three policy areas:

  1. Climate Action
  2. Social Inclusion and Integration
  3. Sustainable Economic Growth

The U20 group meets in the sidelines of the group of 20 (G20) events to discuss common problems and solutions relating to cities and the goal of achieving a sustainable and inclusive world. U20 participating cities are: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Durban, Hamburg, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Montreal, New York City, Osaka City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, São Paulo City, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo, Tshwane.

Communiqué - 2019 Urban 20 Tokyo Mayors Summit

Website - U20 The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (in Japanese)  

T20 advocates to focus on Agenda 2030 at Tokyo Summit, among other areas

The Think 20 (T20) published its policy briefs to advocate on the agenda of the Group of 20 (G20) Osaka Summit and will hold a T20 Summit 2019, from May 26 to 27, 2019, in Tokyo, Japan.

The policy briefs focus on ten policy areas:

  1. Task Force 1: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  2. Task Force 2: International financial architecture for stability and development, crypto-assets and fintech
  3. Task Force 3: Climate change and the environment
  4. Task Force 4: Economic effects of infrastructure investment and its financing
  5. Task Force 5: Cooperation with Africa
  6. Task Force 6: Social cohesion, global governance, and the future of politics
  7. Task Force 7: The future of work and education for the digital age
  8. Task Force 8: Trade, investment, and globalization
  9. Task Force 9: Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and the impact of development of financial technology
  10. Task Force 10: Aging population and its impact on the economy and immigration policy

Policy Briefs - T20 JAPAN 2019

Official website - T20 JAPAN 2019

Italy pledges an additional €1 million to WHO and Red Cross for humanitarian support in Libya

Following the escalating violence affecting the Tripoli area of Libya, Emanuela Del Re, Italian deputy minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, has announced Italy will intensify its humanitarian action in Libya. This will be achieved through two financial contributions totaling €1 million (US$1.1 million), channeled through the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Committee of the Red Cross. The contribution will be allocated to activities strengthening humanitarian health assistance to the civilian population affected by the conflict.

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


UNIDO and Italy strengthen cooperation with focus on Africa and innovation

LI Yong, director general of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), met with Emanuela Claudia Del Re, deputy minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation at the ‘International Cooperation Expo: job creation and innovation for sustainable development’ (EXCO 2019).

They discussed scaling-up interventions in the agribusiness sector, including with long-standing private sector partners, and how to benefit from the expertise and interest of the Italian private sector. The director general and the deputy minister also discussed opportunities to diversify their ongoing cooperation into new sectors of mutual interest, such as energy and the environment.

Website - UNIDO 

Website - EXCO


Italy's deputy minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation visits Niger and Burkina Faso

From April 28 to May 5, 2019, Italy's deputy minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Emanuela Del Re, visited Niger and Burkina Faso. 

In Niger, Del Re met with President Mahamadou Issoufou and Prime Minister Brigi Rafini to discuss issues including development cooperation, migration, regional security, and the Libyan crisis. Del Re traveled to Agadez, where she announced a €3 million (US$3 million) contribution for the International Organization for Migration (OIM), through the Africa Fund, for improving the management of migration flows and the fight against human trafficking on Niger's border with Nigeria and Algeria.

During her visit to Burkina Faso, Del Re met President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. She noted that security, development cooperation, the environment, and economic cooperation are Italy's core areas of interest with the country. While there she met with ministers of foreign affairs, agriculture, health, trade and crafts, women, and security to discuss these issues.

Media release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation


Total ODA of EU member states increases slightly

EU member state ODA increased slightly to $87 billion in 2018 compared to 2017, according to new data published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Cost for hosting refugees in donor countries decreased by $3.4 billion, including $2 billion from Germany and $700 million from Italy, as the impact of the refugee crisis continued to recede. Denmark, Luxembourg, Sweden and the United Kingdom remained the only EU countries to meet or exceed the internationally agreed ODA target of 0.7% of GNI. ODA rose in 17 EU donor countries, with Hungary showing the largest increase. Twelve countries saw a decline in aid spending, with the largest declines in Austria, Finland, Greece, Italy and Portugal. The EU and its Member States provide 57% of the world’s ODA.

News article - Euractive