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FOREIGN MINISTRY NOTE – Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, attends the 76th UN General Assembly

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, will attend the high-level week of the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, from 20 to 25 September.

The key focus of the high-level meeting, held within the framework of the UN, will be the international response to the pandemic and the numerous ongoing security and humanitarian crises, beginning with Afghanistan. The main events on Minister Di Maio’s agenda, such as the EU Ministerial meeting and numerous bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the General Assembly, will be devoted to this issue.

The Italian Foreign Ministry has also taken the initiative to hold two events dedicated to Afghanistan, with the first focusing on Afghan women and girls and the need to protect the progress made so far in the field of reaffirming and promoting their rights, and the second consisting of a Foreign Ministers’ meeting on Afghanistan, chaired by Minister Di Maio ahead of the G20 Summit of Heads of State and Government on the same issue, within the context of Italy’s G20 Presidency.

The Minister will also co-chair, with German Foreign Minister Maas and French Foreign Minister Le Drian, a meeting on Libya within the framework of the Berlin Process. He will then chair the ministerial meeting of the “Uniting for Consensus” group on the UN Security Council reform process and will participate in the Global Governance Group (3G) Summit, in his capacity as G20 Presidency.

During the high-level week, Minister Di Maio is also scheduled to hold talks with UN Secretary General Guterres and the General Assembly President Shahid.

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