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— Press Release —

New York, October 12, 2018. – The UN General Assembly elected Italy to the Human Rights Council for the 2019/2021 term. Within its group – the Western Europe Group and Others (WEOG), Italy obtained 180 out of 189 votes, Austria (171) and Denmark (167).

Ambassador Mariangela Zappia, the Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations, commented on the outcome of the vote as follows: “We are satisfied and grateful to the member countries of the United Nations that today unanimously expressed their support for our reentry in the Human Rights Council. This achievement confirms our traditional commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights around the world and the credibility that our country enjoys on these specific issues and at the United Nations in general. I believe it is also an important acknowledgement of the work of our diplomacy and of the faith that Italy places in multilateralism as an essential method to face today’s challenges – from migration to climate change – and to resolve the most delicate issues between States and between institutions and citizens, such as those related to respect for human rights. In the next three years we will bring our dialogue and mediation expertise to the Human Rights Council, where we will continue to engage with determination in the fights that we consider a priority: condemnation of xenophobia and the fight against all forms of discrimination, the abolition of death penalty, rights of women and children, the fight against trafficking in human beings. We are aware of the responsibilities entrusted to us by the international community, but we are also certain to be worthy of this trust”.