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UNGA. Alfano chairs ministerial meeting of “Uniting for Consensus” Group

The ministerial meeting of the Group “Uniting for Consensus” (UfC), organised by Italy and chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, took place in New York today on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. Year after year, the event offers the opportunity to consolidate the unity of the Group and share  future political strategies.
“I am very proud of the work carried out by the UfC Group during the past session of the  General Assembly,” said Minister Alfano during the opening session of the meeting. “It is necessary to counter initiatives we do not share, which would be detrimental to the reform process. The UfC Group feels it is important to  promote activities involving other UN member countries, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, highlighting the advantages of our proposals,” said the head of the Farnesina. Minister Alfano underlined the primary principles of the UfC Group’s project, namely: the need to reach a compromise for the UN reform shared by a large majority of member states; to assign a task with more democratic, representative, effective and responsible elements to the Security Council; and the so-called ‘intermediate approach’ -a new formula for the creation of ‘long-lasting’ seats to be assigned to regional groups (and not to individual countries) with only one immediate re-election option. 
“Italy  proposes the organisation of a seminar on the reform process open to independent think-tanks, political personalities and civil society – a new event on this issue in a similar manner to the one that took place in Rome in 2015,” concluded Minister Alfano.