EXPO Milan and the commemorations for the United Nations’ 70th and 60 years of Italy’s membership will be the focus in 2015 of cooperation between the Farnesina and the international law organisations headquartered in Italy.
This was what emerged from the second meeting, chaired by Farnesina Secretary-General Michele Valensise, between the foreign ministry and the head of the international law organisations headquartered in Italy. That network includes the International Development Law Organization(IDLO), International institute for the unification of private law (UNIDROIT) in Rome, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) in Turin, the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL), the Venice Commission and the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences (ISISC) in Siracusa.
“We set up a dialogue and coordination mechanism that works very well and that, six months after the first meeting, is already bearing significant fruit”, commented Valensise as he opened the meeting”. “After promoting initiatives for the inclusion of rule of law on the post-2015 agenda, we now intend to work together on upcoming events such as the EXPO Milano, which will be an instrument by which to advance international collaboration on some of the foremost issues”.
Ahead of EXPO 2015, the organisations expressed their willingness to contribute to the drafting of a “Milan Charter” on the challenge of global nutrition, to be adopted in June 2015, and to develop initiatives to combat food counterfeiting and promote agri-business, gender equality and public-private partnerships. Also envisaged are shared events to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Italy’s entry into the United Nations.