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Farnesina – The security of cooperation workers abroad

Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni is opening the conference taking place today, 9 September 2015, at the Farnesina on the security of cooperation workers abroad. Entitled “Security is a serious thing”, the conference will close with an address by the Secretary General at the Farnesina, Michele Valensise.

The event has been jointly promoted by the AOI, CINI and LINK2007 networks of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and by the Crisis Unit and the Directorate General for Development Cooperation at the Farnesina. Its aim is to raise awareness, among NGO workers and others involved in international cooperation, of the need to safeguard the security of workers engaged in areas where their safety is at risk.

The conference will include a presentation on the section dedicated to NGOs and ONLUS (non-profit) organisations on the website It will also feature the dossier “Security in managing risk and the safety of the workers of cooperation and international solidarity organisations”, the fruit of a joint project by NGOs and the Crisis Unit.

Presentations and debate

Speakers will include Nino Sergi, on behalf of the AOI, CINI, LINK 2007 NGO networks; Giampaolo Cantini, Director General for Italian Development Cooperation; Claudio Taffuri, head of the Crisis Unit; Silvia Stilli (AOI); Bruno Neri (CINI); and Marco Rotelli (LINK 2007).

The event will continue with a debate moderated by print and television journalist Duilio Giammaria.