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High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Statement delivered by Italy Director General for Sustainable Development, Environmental Damage, European Union and International Affairs, Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development


Distinguished President,

Honourable Ministers,

Dear colleagues,

Italy welcomes the statement made on behalf of the European Union and its Member States and wishes to add some further remarks in its national capacity.

A universal and integrated approach, capable of capturing the key interlinkages within the Agenda, is possible only by adopting an innovative culture of governance, that is cross-sectoral and multidimensional, based on policy coordination and coherence, on inclusiveness and accountability.

Italy has been working in this direction: following the adoption of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development at the end of 2017, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers has assumed a leading role in the implementation process, supported by the Ministry of the Environment and Sea, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the Ministry of Finance. Italy established a consultative forum to share values, methods, practices and contents with the Regions, in order to support the definition of their own strategies for delivering the 2030 Agenda. An intergovernmental technical committee, involving the national statistical system, has been created to work on indicators, while a permanent civil society forum will be launched by the end of 2018.

The financial sector will be crucial in the transition to sustainable development. That is why Italy is supporting, together with Germany, the initiative of the Secretary General towards a UN strategy for Sustainable Finance under the guidance of the Deputy Secretary General.

Distinguished chair,
A transition towards sustainable and resilient societies, needs to give priority to combat climate change, while Italy is well and checked to achieve this UNCCC 2020 targets, we stress the sense of urgency to adopt the Paris rulebook in Katowice next December.

Distinguished chair,
Efforts at national level, need to be coupled with similar efforts at the international level, that is why we have integrated and mainstreamed climate in the SDG goals, in the whole of Italian development cooperation efforts, giving priority to the most impacted regions by climate change, like small islands of Pacific and Caribbean, African islands and Indians, and naturally Africa.

Concerning the African continent, as an outcome of the Italian G7 Presidency of 2017, in partnership with UNDP and FAO, Italy created the Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development, with the aim of playing a pivotal role in facilitating the meeting of demands from beneficiary countries with opportunities from donor countries.

Italy is also very proud of supporting the mandate of the Special Adviser of the Secretary General for the Sahel as we recognize the enormous potentials of the region; as well we are proud to support the pre-feasibility study of the Transaqua Project, that aims to recover Lake Chad.

Honourable colleagues,
A year has passed since we presented our National Voluntary Review and we are glad to be here again today to share with you all the challenges we encountered in implementing Agenda 2030, as well as the efforts and achievements we put in place. The forum is an opportunity to strengthen the political momentum, to share successes and weaknesses and to enhance further actions from all actors in this collective global effort to achieve SDGs and their targets.

Thank you.