Guinea-Bissau Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission
13 March 2023
Statement of Italy
I would like to thank Ambassador Costa Filho for his detailed briefing on his recent visit to Guinea-Bissau. I would also like to thank Assistant Secretary-General Spehar and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General Biha for their interventions.
Mr. Chair, we are pleased to learn that you were able to thoroughly discuss the priorities, aspirations and development needs of Guinea-Bissau with the Country’s Authorities and other stakeholders. Such in person visits are extremely useful, as they allow us to get direct feedback on the work that we jointly carry out here in New York.
The positive outcomes of the visit also show that the PBC remains a valuable platform to engage constructively on reconciliation and institutional support, while promoting resource mobilization to support Guinea-Bissau in its path to implement the 2030 Agenda.
As regards the specific objectives that Guinea-Bissau is currently pursuing in the context of its dialogue with the PBC, I would like to share Italy’s views on democratic consolidation, civil society engagement and sustainable development, with particular regard to food security.
Firstly, the PBC should continue to show its full support to the organizational efforts of the Government of Guinea-Bissau in the run-up to the next legislative elections. An inclusive and transparent electoral process would help reinforce trust and confidence in public institutions. Credible elections would also pave the way for an accountable Government, that will be called to guarantee the rule of law and good governance.
Secondly, increasing transparency and accountability in a more inclusive society would not be possible without civil society’s engagement. Italy therefore commends the projects carried out thus far through the PBF in the sector of youth and women’s empowerment. Youth and women’s political participation are critical also in view of the next legislative elections.
Finally, Guinea-Bissau, as many other Countries worldwide, is facing an unprecedented food crisis caused by the combined effects of climate change and food supply chain disruptions. Italy therefore encourages the Members of the PBC to further reflect, during its considerations, on the importance of building food systems resilience, tackling food insecurity, poverty and instability.
In this vein we are looking forward to welcoming the representatives of Guinea-Bissau in Rome next July for the UN Food Systems Stocktaking Moment.
I thank you.