After more than two and a half years, the Italian National Council for Development Cooperation (NCDC), the principal advisory body of the Italian development cooperation system, met on July 20, 2020. The meeting was chaired by Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio and attended by representatives from parliament, NGOs, the private sector, and all government administrations involved in development cooperation policy.
The NCDC validated the Italian cooperation guidelines in response to the COVID 19 crisis in the most vulnerable countries. At both multilateral and bilateral levels, the priorities will be:
- Strengthening health systems;
- Supporting research, production, and fair distribution of drugs and vaccines ensuring access to food;
- Water sanitation; and
- Gender equality.
In the document, the Italian cooperation body claims to have a coordinated and multilateral response to the COVID-19 emergency. In the framework of the upcoming G20 presidency, Italy has committed to reinforcing the multilateral cooperation to foster a better recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.