The Italian Council of Ministries approved the new triennial guidelines document for 2019-2021. The document outlined Italy's cooperation priorities for the coming years; 75% of Italian cooperation resources will be focused on the priority areas given in the document. The remaining 25% will go toward other sectors and debt treatment operations.
The identified priorities are:
- Food security and nutrition;
- Health (including health system strengthening, the fight against pandemics, access to immunization, and noncommunicable diseases);
- Cultural cooperation and protection of cultural heritage;
- Migration (including strengthening and promoting the social, economic, and political inclusion of all, and facilitating orderly, safe, regular, and responsible migration and mobility of people);
- Protection of the environment (including management of natural resources, and the fight against climate change);
- Inclusive and sustainable growth;
- Fighting against all kind of discrimination;
- Supporting efforts to promote conflict resolution through peace processes; and
- Supporting the global partnership for sustainable development.
The document also identified the 22 priority countries for Italian cooperation, given by region:
- Africa: Egypt, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal, and Mozambique;
- Middle East: Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine;
- Balkans: Albania and Bosnia;
- Latin America: Cuba and El Salvador; and
- Asia: Afghanistan, Myanmar, and Pakistan.