On Wednesday 18 March at 15:00, the Farnesina will host the event “Sustainable soil management, reducing global threats, protecting local resources”. Introductions will be delivered by Director General for Development Cooperation Giampaolo Cantini of the Ministry of Forieng Affairs and International Cooperation (MFAIC), and Director General for Sustainable Development, Environmental Damage and Relations with the EU and International Organisations of the Ministry of the Environment (MATTM) Francesco La Camera.
Also speaking will be Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Combating Desertification Monique Barbut, who will publicly launch in Italy — a country that has become the destination of an increasing number of migrants —a new operational approach. Soil deterioration is not merely a wound to the ecosystem, but also the cause of poverty, insecurity and escape to better places; restoring the territory would be a way of combating climate change, conserving fertility and traditional opportunities for income and stabilising fragile societies.
The UNCCD is the main UN instrument for combating desertification and other forms of erosion and drought. Italy plays an active two-fold role as a donor and, at the same time, a victim of desertification.
Online accreditation system:
Journalists, photographers and TV crews interested in following the event should:
- complete the interactive form available at http://mae.accreditationsystem.info/ITA/Indice.asp" href="http://mae.accreditationsystem.info/ITA/Indice.asp">http://mae.accreditationsystem.info/ITA/Indice.asp
- attach all required documentation (if not already submitted) to the form, in digital format
- a letter from your media organisation
- for foreign journalists in Italy: a note verbale issued by the Embassy in Rome of your media organisation’s country.
If you are unable to complete the online accreditation procedure, please send your application by fax, on your media organisation’s letterhead, to the Foreign Ministry’s Press and Institutional Communication Service (tel. 06/3691.3432-8573-8210).
Accredited members of the press will be admitted at main entrance to the Farnesina, left side, at 14:30.