Today in Madrid, Deputy Minister Marina Sereni attended the third meeting of the General Assembly of the Sahel Alliance: an Alliance of donors that has proven to be a strong partnership with the five Sahel Countries, with a growing commitment to cooperate in the region and called upon to perform an even more ambitious role in the current context of political, economic, health and security crisis that now also extends to food security, made even worse by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
Deputy Minister Sereni reaffirmed Italy’s commitment towards the stability of the Sahel and emphasized “Italy’s support for the initiatives aimed at protecting the most vulnerable population segments in the Sahel Countries and to bolster the role and resilience of local communities.”
The Deputy Foreign Minister pointed out that special attention should be focused on women and youths, who represent “an essential factor of peace, positive change, and prosperity”. Lastly, concluded Sereni, it is necessary to deal with the heavy economic and social consequences that are bound to derive from the impact of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, also in the Sahel. In this respect, reliance will be made on the principles supporting food security and the development of sustainable food systems contained in the Matera Declaration that was adopted by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Development under the Italian presidency of the G20.