Today saw the Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Edmondo Cirielli, inaugurate the Naples leg of the UN Sustainable Development Goals communication campaign #InsiemepergliSDG, speaking at the extraordinary City Council meeting dedicated to the UN 2030 Agenda, in the presence of Mayor Gaetano Manfredi and City Council President Vincenza Amato.
In thanking the City of Naples for hosting the kick-off stage of the 2023 edition of the #InsiemepergliSDG campaign, Deputy Minister Cirielli stressed that he wanted to start precisely from Naples, “a city naturally projected onto the Mediterranean, with a four-day event full of events and high-profile appointments dedicated to food policies for Mediterranean cities and partnerships between them”. The 2030 Agenda, continued the Deputy Minister, “is the point of reference for international cooperation and Italy’s global action is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, with the ultimate aim of creating more equal and sustainable societies starting from local communities, local areas and cities, which represent the main agents of change”.
#InsiemepergliSDG is an itinerant event promoted since 2020 in various Italian cities by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation together with FAO, UN SDG Action Campaign, European Commission, CIHEAM Bari and Save the Children to spread awareness of the challenges related to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals enshrined in the UN 2030 Agenda. The 2023 edition, which will start in Naples, will subsequently touch the cities of Trieste and Palermo to turn the spotlight on the role of Italian port cities as a window on the Mediterranean.
The events organised for the Naples leg over several days include three high-level events:
- Extraordinary City Council dedicated to the United Nations 2030 Agenda (- Friday 26, 10:00 a.m., Maschio Angioino);
- Conference “Le politiche del cibo per le città del Mediterraneo” (Food Policies for Mediterranean Cities) – Friday 26, 2:00-5:30 p.m. and Saturday 27, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Maschio Angioino, aimed at investigating issues related to the challenges of local food policies and preparing the ground for collaborations and a joint twinning project with the Mediterranean cities and countries involved.
- Event “Verso il secondo vertice ONU sui sistemi alimentari sostenibili: l’Italia presenta Agritech” (Towards the Second UN Food Systems Summit: Italy presents Agritech) – Saturday 27, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Organised at the Main Hall of the San Giovanni a Teduccio Campus, Naples. The event, which constitutes an important step towards the Second Sustainable Food Systems Summit that will be hosted in Rome from 24 to 26 July, turning the spotlight on Agritech’s important centre of international excellence, will be attended by Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, the Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Edmondo Cirielli, the Italian Minister of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Forestry, Francesco Lollobrigida, the Italian Minister of University and Research, Anna Maria Bernini (from remote), as well as the Rector of the Federico II University, Matteo Lorito, the President of Coldiretti, Ettore Prandini, the President of Confagricoltura, Massimiliano Giansanti, and the CEO of Bonifiche Ferraresi SpA, Federico Vecchioni.
Finally, on 27 May, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., the Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, is scheduled to attend the closing event “Le Politiche del cibo per le Città del Mediterraneo” (Food Policies for Mediterranean Cities) at the Sala dei Baroni of Maschio Angioino in Naples, an event that will be introduced by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Edmondo Cirielli.
In addition to these events, the Campaign’s interactive installations in the inner courtyard of Maschio Angioino will be open to the public until 27 May.