The following joint statement was released by the Governments of the United States and Italy at the 14th meeting of the U.S.-Italy Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation.
On January 26 and 27, the government of Italy hosted the 14th Italy – United States Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) on Science and Technology Cooperation. Monica Medina, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs at the U.S. State Department and Shawn Crowley, Charge d’Affaires at Embassy Rome, joined Maria Tripodi, Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, Alessandro Gonzales, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Italy in the USA, and Giuseppe Pastorelli, Director for Integrated Promotion and Innovation, to convene the meeting.
The JCM, launched 25 years ago, provides a regular opportunity to exchange views on some of the most important science and technology endeavors in our countries and to prioritize future collaboration. The two delegations released a Joint Statement emphasizing that science and technology cooperation is inspired by democratic values, equity, fair competition, freedom of inquiry, openness, research integrity, and transparency. This JCM brought together representatives from government agencies and research institutions in Italy and the United States to discuss environmental and climate sciences, particle and nuclear physics and astrophysics, health research, and emerging technologies. Both sides endorsed continued research cooperation, including opportunities to enhance collaboration in Earth science, applications, and observations; health and life sciences; climate change and mitigation; advanced materials; quantum information science; digital transition and artificial intelligence; and energy transition. The JCM emphasized the importance of progressing science for society, and both sides expressed a common will to enhance scientific cooperation in the priority areas identified above.