The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, will be in New York to attend the High-Level Segment of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
The central theme for the General Debate 2017 will be “Focusing on people — striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet”. The debate will focus on international current events: the principal areas of crisis (Libya, Syria, Yemen), global governance, migration, sustainable development and climate change, human rights and human dignity, reforming the United Nations.
The Italian delegation is led by Prime Minister Gentiloni, accompanied by the Foreign Minister Alfano, the Minister of the Environment Galletti, the Minister for Public Administration and Simplification Madia and the Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs Amendola.
On the sidelines of the General Debate, several meetings shall be dedicated to the main global current issues, including the Global Counterterrorism Forum, the ministerial meeting on Libya and Syria and an event on Somalia co-chaired by Italy, the United Kingdom, Somalia and Ethiopia, with the attendance of the United Nations Secretary-General Guterres.
Moreover, during UNGA week, Italy will organise specific side events, including one on protecting cultural heritage from terrorism and on the role of women as mediators, and will co-sponsor the Conference “Refugees and migrants: Italy’s approach between development cooperation and the need of security”, organised by the AVSI Foundation. All these events shall be hosted at the UN building in New York.
Minister Alfano has met with, among others, his counterparts from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Ukraine and Yemen, in addition to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, Ghassan Salamé.
The minister’s meetings with the press will be notified in agreement with the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations during the course of the week