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UK invites India, South Korea, Australia to G7 summer meeting in 2021 with hopes of launching "D10" of leading democracies

The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has invited South Korea, India, and Australia to attend the G7 face-to-face meeting on June 11-13, 2021, which the UK is hosting in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.

The invitations are part of a bid by Johnson to turn the G7, a meeting forum for the world’s leading economies, into a forum for the world’s ten leading democracies. Johnson notes that the "D10" meeting will represent over 60% of the people living in democracies around the world.

The move to reformat the G7 has been met with resistance from some diplomatic circles, with France and Italy seeing it as an apparent attempt by the UK to diminish the power of the EU. The move does, however, have broad support from the US, with US President-elect Joe Biden keen to host a summit of democracies in his first year of office.

Johnson has also announced that he wants to host an early virtual G7 leaders' summit in February of 2021, in part to enable Biden to reaffirm US support for multilateralism, which came under great strain under Biden's predecessor. The UK government also confirmed that the agenda for the G7 will focus on:

  • Recovering and rebuilding from the COVID-19 crisis;
  • Championing action on the climate crisis and girls’ education; and
  • Promoting open societies, shared values, and human rights.

News article - The Guardian

Twitter - G7UK

Former Italian Agriculture Minister appointed as new Deputy Director-General at Italy's Food and Agricultural Organization

Maurizio Martina, the former Italian Minister of Agriculture, Secretary of the leading center-left party (Partito Democratico), and Member of Parliament, has been appointed as Special Advisor and Deputy Director-General at Italy's Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Martina led the organization of the 2015 World Expo in Milan, the theme of which was "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life".

Martina has expressed great enthusiasm for the importance of a multilateral approach to development, which Martina plans to apply while working on the G20 agenda, the next UN Food Systems Summit, and the Food Coalition launched by Italy in partnership with FAO a few months ago. 

News article - Corriere della Sera

Italy's ODA will increase by US$706 million in 2021

In an event to present Italy's peer review of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC), Italian Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Emanuela Del Re, announced an increase of official development assistance (ODA) for 2021 by €600 million (US$706 million).

In the first draft of the budget approved by the government, Del Re announced that the 2021 allocation to ODA would be €5.3 billion (US$6.2 billion). In 2020, it was €4.7 billion (US$5.5 billion). The budget law is now being discussed by the Italian parliament and will be voted on by the end of the year.

Del Re emphasized the importance of the role of 'Cassa Depositi e Prestiti', a state lender that operates internationally as a development bank, in building a stronger cooperation financial structure.

Italy is a reliable partner for development, according to the report, which highlighted its strong multilateral work, its stable presence in fragile countries, and its experience in crisis and emergency scenarios. The DAC examination also confirmed the particular importance that Italy gives to civil society organizations as well as its general inclusivity in development cooperation policy.

At the event, the OECD encouraged Italy to play a key role in promoting multilateralism during Italy's G20 presidency next year.

News article - Agenzia Dire

Donor Tracker to host webinar on education in emergencies

Join the Donor Tracker on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at 15:00-16:00 CET for a webinar addressing education in emergencies, featuring experts from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), a global fund and partnership to improve education in lower-income countries, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Refugee Agency.

The growth of protracted conflicts and the increasing prevalence of emergencies globally have impacted the educational opportunities of millions of children. Precarious humanitarian situations around the world have been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. With just ten years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), amid a global pandemic, prioritizing the educational needs of the world’s most vulnerable children is more important than ever.

However, are donors dedicating sufficient attention to education in emergencies? Join the webinar for a discussion on financing needs, donor priorities, and policy trends in the sector.

This webinar complements our recently published report, ‘Decades of neglect: Donor financing for education in emergencies’.

Registration - Zoom

Report - Donor Tracker

Global health will top Italian G20 presidency agenda in 2021

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte attended this year's G20 Leaders' Summit, hosted by Saudi Arabia, and announced Italy's priorities as its G20 presidency will start officially on December 1, 2020.

Conte declared that health and socio-economic responses to the COVID-19 crisis would be at the top of the agenda, in addition to ensuring universal and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, strengthening health systems, and emphasizing multilateralism.

He pointed out the overlapping priorities between the G20's health agenda and the European Commission's Global Health Summit to be hosted by Italy in May 2021.

Furthermore, Conte said that the Italian presidency intends to promote sustainable, inclusive, and resilient recovery, building the presidency around three pillars: people, planet, and prosperity, with women's empowerment as a critical focus across all issues.

Italy's presidency will culminate with its hosting of the next G20 Leaders' Summit on October 30-31, 2021.

Speech - President of the Council (in Italian)

Italy and FAO launch food coalition to support food systems facing COVID-19 crisis

On November 5, 2020, Italy and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched the Food Coalition, a voluntary multi-stakeholder alliance to prevent and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on food systems.

The Food Coalition aims to advocate for strengthening global agri-food systems, raise awareness, share best practices, as well as mobilize financial resources and technical expertise to support the most vulnerable. More than 30 countries have expressed interest in joining the coalition.

At the launch event, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte committed to including the fight against hunger in the Italian G20’s presidency agenda for 2021.

News article - OnuItalia

Hunger relief, sustainable food initiatives will be top priorities at G20, says Italy's Conte

On October 16, 2020, commemorating World Food Day and the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, shared on Twitter that Italy will make anti-hunger and sustainable food initiatives top priorities in the framework of its G20 presidency in 2021.

Conte also promoted the 'Food Coalition', a project spearheaded by Italy through FAO, to tackle the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on agriculture and nutrition.

Conte congratulated the FAO on its anniversary, saying Italy was proud to celebrate the organization in Rome.

Twitter - Giuseppe Conte

Italy pledges additional US$23 million to Gavi COVAX AMC

Italy has committed €20 million (approximately US$23 million) to Gavi Advance Market Commitment for COVID-19 Vaccines (Gavi COVAX AMC).

Previously in June 2020, during the Global Vaccine Summit, Italy pledged US$79 million to COVAX AMC.

With the additional pledge, the total contribution is US$102 million.

Press release - Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance

Global health will be at top of G20 agenda in 2021, says Italy

Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Emanuela Del Re attended the national Festival of Sustainable Development in Rome. In her speech, Del Re announced Italy will be committed to facilitating and promoting multilateral solutions to global health challenges in the framework of the G20 (Group of Twenty, forum for international economic cooperation) presidency next year. She said that strengthening the international response to COVID-19 and building resilient health systems will be among the key priorities for 2021.

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

In UNGA speech, Italy's Conte calls for equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccine, gender equality

At the 75th UN General Assembly (UNGA), Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's speech centered on multilateralism and the need for collective action. He also restated the need for equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine globally, as "an international public good".

Conte promised that the Italian G20 presidency in 2021 would bring a "new humanism" to the world which centers the value of human life. According to him, Italy will have the responsibility to lead the world in the complicated process of recovery after the COVID-19 crisis, and it will be fundamental to fight against injustices and inequalities because a more equitable and democratic society will also be more prosperous.

Gender equality and digitalization will be the driving force of inclusive growth. Conte expressed that women have been the most affected by the COVID-19 crisis, but women will also be integral to the recovery strategy.

Speech - Presidency of the Council

Donor Tracker seeks feedback on how to better serve advocacy community

The Donor Tracker team wants to better understand its users' experience and to gather ideas about how we can make the Donor Tracker even more valuable to the global development community throughout the rest of 2020 and beyond. That's where we could use your help. We've put together a short survey to ask you directly about how you use the Donor Tracker, which content and features you find most useful, and the kinds of things you would like to see. Your responses will shape and inform new features that we bring to the website.

Survey - Donor Tracker

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Italy will increase funding to World Food Program in 2020

The Italian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Emanuela del Re, met with the Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP), David Beasley. In their meeting, Del Re expressed appreciation for WFP's work and confirmed Italy's strong support.

Del Re also announced that Italy plans to increase the contribution to WFP for 2020, in particular for the programs run in Italy's priority areas such as Libya and the African Sahel region.

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Italian Council of Ministries approves 2019-2021 cooperation guidelines

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);
  • Education;
  • 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.

Triannual Guideline Document - Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Donor Tracker to host webinar on climate finance and role of ODA

Join the Donor Tracker this Thursday, August 6, 2020, from 16:00-17:00 (CEST), for a webinar addressing the pressing need for international climate finance in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

In 2015, the latest in a series of global climate change agreements was signed in Paris. The Paris Agreement includes a pledge made by donor countries to mobilize US$100 billion a year by 2020 for climate action in LMICs. This upcoming Donor Tracker webinar will examine the role that ODA can and should play in funding for climate action, including the US$100 billion target. It will include an overview of trends in ODA-related climate funding and policies by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) donors.

This webinar, and our recently published report on climate finance and ODA, complements the recent addition of ‘Climate’ as a sector of analysis across the Donor Tracker Donor Profiles. Climate was added this year in recognition of the importance of climate action to the future of global development efforts.

Registration - Zoom

Thirty-five countries support Italian-led COVID-19 Food Coalition

Thirty-five countries, including Argentina, Egypt, the Netherlands, Nigeria, and the United States joined the COVID-19 Food Coalition, an initiative launched in June by the Italian government and lead by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

The alliance is a multi-stakeholder platform focusing on mobilizing political, financial, and technical assistance to support the medium- and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on food systems and agriculture.

Article - Onuitalia website (English)

Donor Tracker to host webinar on gender equality and donor finance for women's economic empowerment

Join Donor Tracker this Friday, July 24 from 15:00-16:00 (CEST) for a webinar exploring donor financing for women’s economic empowerment, featuring analysis from the Donor Tracker team and our partner, the ONE Campaign.

Gender equality, including women's financial inclusion and economic empowerment, has gained increasing attention from the international donor community in recent years; but to what extent can donors' rhetorical commitment to the issue be seen reflected in data on donors' financing for women's economic empowerment? In this Donor Tracker webinar, Kalila Jaeger and Isabela Vera from the Donor Tracker and Ebba Henningsson from ONE will guide participants through an introduction to the OECD’s gender equality policy marker, discuss the current state of donor finance for gender-related development programming, and explore trends in donor countries' spending on economic empowerment initiatives for women.

Registration - Zoom

Italy releases cooperation guidelines in response to COVID-19 crisis

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.

Italian Cooperation Guidelines in Response to the COVID-19 Epidemic - Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (in Italian)

Italy and Spain define common strategy ahead of EU council

In a meeting held in Madrid, Spain, on July 8, 2020, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez defined a common strategy on the EU response to COVID-19, ahead of the European Council meeting scheduled for July 17-18, 2020.

Italy and Spain have agreed upon measures including those pertaining to the European Commission’s recovery plan and the multiannual financial framework (MFF) 2021-2027. Conte and Sánchez will jointly call for a strong European economic response to COVID-19, focusing primarily on those most affected by the pandemic. 


Press release – La Moncloa (in Spanish)

Donor Tracker to host webinar on donors’ international COVID-19 response following Global Goal Summit pledges

On July 2, 2020, from 16:00-17:00 (CEST), Donor Tracker will host a second webinar on donor countries’ international COVID-19 responses following the Global Goal Summit. The Summit, held on June 27, raised US$6.9 billion for developing globally accessible COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics, and treatments.

The Donor Tracker's expert team will analyze the Summit's outcomes and discuss implications for donor countries’ further international responses to the pandemic.

Registration - Zoom 

New Inter-Institutional Coordination Platform will bring together major stakeholders in Italian global response to COVID-19

The Italian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Emanuela Del Re, has announced the first meeting of the Inter-Institutional Coordination Platform on the Italian Global Response to COVID-19.

The coordination platform will bring together the main Italian actors involved in the global fight against Covid-19. Delegates from the Ministries of Foreign affairs, Health, Treasury, Economic Development, University, and Research and Agriculture will take part, as well as members of the Italian investment bank Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, members of civil society organizations and universities, research institutions the National Health Institute, and representatives from the pharmaceutical industry.

Italy is interested in the global health impact of COVID-19, but also in the pandemic's socio-economic effects, including implications on the food systems of most vulnerable countries.

Interview- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation