Italian Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Maria Tripodi’s mission to New York has come to an end. The Undersecretary addressed four important meetings at the United Nations: the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the opening of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the debate in the General Assembly on the situation in the Ukrainian local areas temporarily occupied as a result of Russian aggression, and the Security Council “Arria”-formula meeting on relations between the Council and the ICC.
The Undersecretary’s presence at the UN thus made it possible to reaffirm Italy’s concrete commitment to a number of key issues on the current international agenda: support for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and support for Ukraine in the wake of Russia’s unjustifiable aggression, which also makes support for the international justice system and institutions such as the ICC particularly crucial. Undersecretary Tripodi spoke on behalf of Italy on these issues, in the wake of our diplomatic service’s firm commitment to these issues.
In New York, the Undersecretary also paid a visit to the “9/11 Memorial”, accompanied by the Consul General, Fabrizio Di Michele, to lay a wreath in homage to the victims of the 2001 attack and their rescuers. Tripodi, who holds the delegation for cultural diplomacy at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also paid a visit to the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, where she was received by the Director, Fabio Finotti, who illustrated the current activities and those planned for the future.
Lastly, the Undersecretary had meetings with the Heads of delegations to UN meetings, from Andorra, Chile, Portugal, Slovenia, Switzerland and Turkmenistan. The meetings took stock of Italy’s bilateral relations with these countries, as well as illustrating Rome’s candidature to host EXPO 2030.