"The pandemic has accelerated pre-existing global geopolitical processes that are contributing to a deeper and deeper fragilization of the global scenario and the enlarged Mediterranean, but I am convinced that there is a strategic space for Italy and the European Union to bring added value to stability and prosperity in the Mediterranean area by supporting security, social justice, and the promotion of human rights". So the Vice Minister Marina Sereni in her speech at the opening of the second Regional Meeting in preparation of the Rome MED-Dialogues of 2020 realized by the Italian think tank ISPI with the collaboration of the Geneva Centre for the Governance of the Security Sector.
"Today's discussion - continues the Vice Minister Marina Sereni - offers us the opportunity to reflect on post-pandemic scenarios and how the pandemic has affected the security dimension in the most fragile areas of the globe, redefining its meaning. COVID19 has taught us that social fragmentation, inequalities and the fragility of institutions can increase the emergence of tensions and conflicts and that economic and institutional strengthening, together with an efficient and transparent security sector system, is fundamental to guarantee peace and stability".
"I am convinced - concludes the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs - that the European Union, together with NATO and the United Nations, should play a decisive role in the promotion of security in the Mediterranean Region by supporting countries in strengthening their security arrangements while promoting democracy, respect for human rights and the fight against corruption. In this sense it is essential that women are involved as key actors in the security processes. For this reason, Italy strongly supports the UN Agenda "Women, Peace and Security".