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Italy and the United Nations


Italy and the United Nations


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On December 14, 1955, Italy espoused the United Nations Charter to become a member of the Organization.

Thus began a long history of collaboration, support and impetus for the activities of the United Nations, which is the logical consequence of the multilateral approach that distinguishes Italian foreign policy.

Italy participates in the UN’s activities with growing commitment, contributing to the pursuance of the Charter’s objectives, from maintaining international peace and security, to the promotion of human rights to sustainable development.

Over these decades, Italy has contributed with determination to the drafting of the General Assembly and Security Council resolutions that have made major inroads at the level of international law. The campaigns for a moratorium on capital punishment, gender equality and the rights of women and minors (not least against the practice of female genital mutilation and of early or forced marriages), against all forms of religious discrimination and in favour of freedom of expression are only a few of the concerns that place our country in the forefront.

Thanks to Italy’s unceasing efforts, it has been possible, with the passage of time, to narrow differences in position and broaden consensus on many issues.

Italy has also directly shared the burden of responsibility for the collective security having been seated seven times as a non-permanent member of the Security Council.

Over 60 years after joining the Organization, Italy’s contribution to achieving the objectives set forth in the Charter continues to be unconditional and appreciated. We rank eighth among the contributors to the regular and peacekeeping budgets and we are the top troop contributor among Western Countries to peacekeeping operations. Since 2006 Italy has participated in the UNIFIL mission deployed in Southern Lebanon. We host the third largest UN hub after New York and Geneva: from the Food hub in Rome –FAO, IFAD and the WFP headquarters – to the Logistics Base in Brindisi and the hub in Turin, where the UN Staff College, training center for the entire UN System, operates.