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G7 finance ministers call on donors to coordinate efforts, increase investments

May 25, 2024 | UK, France, Canada, Japan, US, Italy, Germany, EUI, Global Health, Climate, Education, Agriculture, Gender Equality, Nutritious Food Systems | Share this update

On May 23-25, 2024, the G7 Ministers of Finance met at a summit in Stresa, Italy, where the ministers voiced support for contributions to the IDA, WHO, Gavi, and the Global Fund in the resulting communiqué.

The G7 ministers supported efforts towards a successful 21st replenishment of the IDA by the end of 2024 through an ambitious policy and financing package. Notably, they did not give a concrete signal that the critical US$100 billion threshold requested by the World Bank will be crossed, nor any indication of the US$120 billion expected by African leaders.

The ministers reaffirmed their dedication to strengthening the governance and finance of the global health architecture and voiced support for refinancing processes of several GHIs, such as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the WHO, and the Global Fund, and expressed support for the Pandemic Fund. The communiqué called on the donor community to coordinate efforts and increase investments in global health in line with their capacities to ensure sustainable funding and maximize the impact of available resources.

Following the summit, the C7 pointed out the G7's lack of ambition and financial commitment to international development, including climate adaptation. International civil society organizations criticized the lack of any reference to allocating SDRs to global solidarity.

G7 Ministers of FinanceC7 statement

C7 releases international civil society communiqué around seven key issues

May 15, 2024 | Italy, Germany, EUI, Japan, Canada, US, France, UK, Education, Agriculture, Gender Equality, Nutritious Food Systems, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, Family Planning, WASH & Sanitation, Climate, Global Health | Share this update

On May 14-15, 2024, the C7 summit was held at the UN FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, organized by the Italian Civil Society Coalition that led, coordinated, and moderated the C7 2024 process.

Approximately 400 global representatives took part in the event, as well as international decision-makers, including FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu, Italian G7 sherpa Ambassador Elisabetta Belloni, Cardinal, President of the Italian Episcopal Conference, Pope’s envoy for the Russian-Ukrainian conflict Matteo Maria Zuppi, and Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign Marina Ponti.

The official C7 communiqué that listed the international civil society recommendation to the G7’s Leaders around seven key issues was released at the event, which included:

  • Economic justice and transformation;
  • Climate, energy transformation, and environmental justice;
  • Global health;
  • Principled humanitarian assistance;
  • Peace, common security, and nuclear disarmament;
  • Human mobility and migration; and
  • Food justice and food systems transformation.
C7 communiqué

Italy hosts 7th OECD World Forum on wellbeing

April 30, 2024 | Italy, Education, Agriculture, Gender Equality, Climate, Global Health | Share this update

On April 30, 2024, it was announced that, as a part of the G7 Finance Track, the Italian MEF and ISTAT will host the seventh edition of the OECD World Forum on Wellbeing, entitled Strengthening Wellbeing Approaches for a Changing World, in Rome from November 4-6, 2024.

The event is part of the G7 Finance Track promoted by the Italian government. The Forum will be structured into five round tables that will discuss topics, including:

  • The development of policy frameworks oriented towards equitable and sustainable well-being;
  • The measurement and statistical methodology, as well as the analysis of well-being indicators;
  • Climate change;
  • Technological innovation and the use of artificial intelligence; and
  • The next steps in the well-being agenda.

Other topics to be addressed include gender inequalities, inequalities and poverty, physical and mental health, and the aging population.

Web Page - OECD World Forum on Wellbeing website

Italy hosts first G7 Ministerial meeting on Foreign Affairs

April 19, 2024 | Italy, Agriculture, Gender Equality, Global Health, Nutritious Food Systems | Share this update

On April 17-19, 2024, the G7's Ministers of Foreign Affairs met in Capri, Italy, and released a communiqué summarizing the intents and goals of Italy's G7 presidency.

A new meeting is planned in Fiuggi in autumn 2024. The G7 Minister of Development's meeting in Pescara is scheduled for the end of October. The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs is committed to continually working on some of the most urgent international crises.

The G7 Ministers expressed concern about rising food insecurity and malnutrition stemming from the combined impact of climate change, loss, and degradation of ecosystems, the growing number of conflicts, inflationary pressures, and the reduced fiscal space in many developing economies.

The ministers also emphasized the importance of strengthening PPR and global health, as well as supporting LGBTQI+ rights and SRHR. The communiqué also reaffirmed the need for strengthened international financial institutions and underscore the role of MDBs in achieving the SDGs, including in crisis-affected contexts.

Government document - G7 Italy

Italy defines Mattei Plan governance

November 3, 2023 | Italy, Education, Agriculture, Gender Equality, Agricultural R&D, Nutritious Food Systems, Climate, Global Health | Share this update

On November 3rd, the Italian Council of the Ministries approved the decree that defined the governance and the scope of the four-year Mattei Plan.

The Mattei Plan will aim to strengthen collaborative initiatives between Italy and African states to identify, define, and implement initiatives in the following areas:

  • International cooperation;
  • Imports, exports, and the promotion of investments;
  • Education, R&D, and innovation;
  • Global health;
  • Agriculture and food security;
  • Sustainable supply and use of natural resources, including water and energy;
  • Environmental protection and adaptation;
  • Modernization of infrastructure, including digital infrastructure;
  • Support for entrepreneurship, in particular, youth and women's entrepreneurship;
  • Tourism and culture; and
  • Prevention and countering of irregular migration and management of legal migration flows.

The decree established a Steering Committee, chaired by the Prime Minister, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation as vice-chairman. Included in the committee were other head ministers, the Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Deputy Minister of Industry and Made in Italy, the President of the Conference of Regions and Autonomous Provinces, the director of AICS, the President of the ITA, representatives from Italian MDBs, and representatives from publicly-owned enterprises, universities, civil society, and private entities.

The decree established that the Prime Minister's office would host the secretariat of the Mattei Plan. The secretariat will support the President to implement and coordinate the Mattei Plan and its updates, as well as lead the secretariat of the Steering Committee and prepare an annual report to Parliament.

Press release - Italian Government (in Italian)

Italy, UN Women announce partnership in Senegal, Mali

September 5, 2023 | Italy, Gender Equality | Share this update

On September 5, 2023, the Italian government announced a new contribution to UN Women totaling EUR2 million (US$2million) to support and reinforce the protection of women on the border between Senegal and Mali.

The 2023 conflicts in the border region have spurred higher levels of GBV against women and girls. Italy has previously committed to supporting human rights and economic development with African partner countries in the region.

News article - Onuitalia (in Italian)

Italy approves US$71 million ODA package

June 9, 2023 | Italy, Agriculture, Gender Equality, Climate, Global Health | Share this update

On June 9, 2023, Italy's Joint Committee for Development Cooperation approved EUR66 million (US$71 million) worth of projects for partner countries.

African partners comprised the main regional focus of funding, including an EUR10 million (US$11 million) grant to support job development for women and young adults.

Bilateral contributions in the package focused on international organizations, particularly those working in global health and the UN system. Key partnerships included UNICEF, UNESCO, the WHO, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and the Bari Overseas Agronomic Institute. The projects particularly targeted food security, climate adaptation, and gender equality.

In addition, the committee adopted a resolution to establish an AICS office in Kyiv, Ukraine to showcase the Italy's ongoing support for the country.

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

C7 releases critical review of May 2023 G7 Hiroshima Summit

May 24, 2023 | Japan, Canada, France, UK, US, Germany, Italy, EUI, Education, Agriculture, Gender Equality, Climate, Global Health | Share this update

On May 24, 2023, Civil Society 7 released its review of the May 2023 G7 Hiroshima Summit.

The report looked at six topics, including the nuclear disarmament, climate and environmental justice, the transition to a fair economy, global health, humanitarian aid and conflict, and a resilient and open society, and presented the following findings:

  • Nuclear Disarmament: The G7 summit did not focus on nuclear disarmament, and its leaders did not show any commitment to starting time-bound negotiations. While condemning Russia’s nuclear threats, they justified their own nuclear weapons as being for defense and deterrence;
  • Climate and Environmental Justice: The G7 summit acknowledged the need to strengthen adaptation measures, enhance resilience support for vulnerable groups, and increase support to the most vulnerable countries for avoiding, minimizing, and addressing losses and damages. It emphasized the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, including non-CO2 gases, and reaffirmed commitment to global methane reduction efforts. However, the report argued that the G7’s approach to climate change, in particular its descriptions of fossil fuels, is far from ideal;
  • Transition to a Fair Economy: The G7 summit prioritized “economic security” from its perspective rather than focusing on resolving challenges faced by partner countries. It aimed to decouple supply chains from China, but such decoupling could impose additional burdens on developing countries. The summit lacked strong commitments regarding debt restructuring, international negotiations, and debt cancellation. It also weakened the organization's stance on business and human rights;
  • Global Health: The G7 summit fell short of expectations due to time constraints and limitations imposed by Japan. It failed to address intellectual property rights as a key factor in addressing the pandemic and ensuring equitable access to therapeutics. The summit lacked specific commitments, and its focus was more on ordering and reaffirming previous pledges rather than providing the required funding and technological contributions;
  • Humanitarian Aid and Conflict: The G7 summit's commitment of US$21 billion in support, with particular focus on addressing food crises and prioritizing education, was welcomed. However, apart from this financial commitment, the summit lacked clear and concrete commitments. It failed to mention the importance of strengthening local leadership and access to humanitarian aid and protection; and
  • Resilient and Open Society: The G7 summit did not address the concept of an open society or democracy in its statements. It neglected to discuss civic space and shrinking civil society, and its focus on democracy mainly revolved around countering information warfare. The summit did not address issues like digital space safety, fake news, freedom of expression, or topics covered in previous G7 meetings. The treatment of non-regular immigrants and their dire situations was a significant problem. The summit lacked references to freedom of expression and did not improve citizen participation or support for civil society organizations.

C7 aims to achieve a society envisioned by the SDGs that leaves no one behind, and its criticism of the G7 Hiroshima Summit was presented as a means of holding leaders to account for their role in building a better world.

Press release - Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (in Japanese)

G7 leaders release Hiroshima Summit communiqué

May 20, 2023 | UK, France, Canada, Japan, US, Germany, Italy, EUI, Agriculture, Gender Equality, Climate, Global Health | Share this update

The leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) assembled in Hiroshima from May 19-21, 2023 to discuss a wide range of global issues requiring immediate and long-term attention.

On May 20, 2023, the leaders released a communiqué outlining their commitments to the international community. Among other issues, the communiqué focused on infrastructure, humanitarian crises, climate change, global health, and gender.

Key commitments included:

  • Mobilizing up to US$600 billion by 2027 for the G7 Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment, also known as PGII;
  • Investing US$21 billion to address worsening humanitarian crises including the global food crises;
  • Pledges to mobilize US$100 billion in climate financing annually from 2020 to 2025 for mitigation actions and transparency on implementation;
  • Coordinating efforts to enhance governance for health emergencies, promote sustainable health financing, launch the Pandemic Fund, and support LICs and MICs in implementing health regulations; and
  • Strengthening gender equality and the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQ+ people through effective, multi-sectorial policies.

The G7 Hiroshima Summit 2023 was held during a tense period for both Europe and Asia. The leaders took a strong stance against further aggression and reconfirmed their commitment to promoting sustainable ODA and international collaboration.

Government document - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Italy assumes UN Women Executive Council Vice Presidency

January 17, 2023 | Italy, Gender Equality | Share this update

On January 10, 2023, Italy was elected by acclamation to the Vice Presidency of the Executive Council of UN Women, the world's leading agency for women's rights within the UN system.

Italy joined the Executive Board in 2022 for a two-year term. The office was assumed by Ambassador Maurizio Massari, Permanent Representative of Italy to the UN, who will hold the position until January 2024.

The 2023 Executive Council Chairmanship went to Ukrainian Ambassador to the UN, Sergiy Kyslytsya. Along with Italy, three other Vice Presidents were elected to represent their respective geographies, including Colombia, Cameroon, and Thailand.

Press release - ONU Italia (in Italian)






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