Statement delivered by Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations, at the General Assembly High-level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace —
Thank you, Mr. President
Italy aligns itself to the statement delivered by the European Union
The High Level meeting on peace building and sustaining peace offers a unique opportunity to further develop the sustaining peace agenda and to strengthen the UN peacebuilding architecture. Italy expresses its deep gratitude to President Lajcak for his commitment and his leadership in carrying out this initiative.
Giving substance to the Sustaining Peace agenda means looking at the future of the UN in a thoughtful way.
Italy welcomes the recent Report of the Secretary General on Peacebuilding and Sustaining peace and commends his remarkable efforts on this crucial issue.
Italy reaffirms its strong commitment to support the Secretary General in putting into practice his recommendations, linking prevention and mediation, promotion of and respect for human rights and development, in a coherent and comprehensive vision for peace, security, economic and social growth. For this reason, Italy has decided to participate once again in the Peacebuilding Commission and increase its contributions to the Peacebuilding Fund and to DPA’s conflict prevention activities.
Italy stresses the need for predictable and sustainable financing of the Sustaining Peace agenda and is committed to identify ways to urgently fulfill such need.
The consensual resolution to be adopted by the General Assembly will give the opportunity to Member States to enhance their engagement on this process, in view of the Peacebuilding Architecture Review in 2020.
The “Sustaining Peace” Agenda stresses the need for a holistic approach covering the pillars of security, human rights and development. The “2030 Agenda” also places great emphasis on the strong link between peace and development. What is now needed – more than ever – is a common effort to move from “vision” to “action”.
The challenges we are facing in regions such as the Mediterranean, the Sahel and the Horn of Africa require a comprehensive and prompt action by all of us.
The full implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, the gender equality initiative and the Youth, Peace and Security agenda are the first steps in the right direction.
The United Nations’ capacity is unparalleled and must be fully exploited by improving synergy, cooperation and coordination among all UN actors at Headquarters and on the ground
In this sense, Italy would also like to reiterate its full support to the UN reform proposals presented by the Secretary General whose implementation we consider intimately connected to the realization of the Sustaining Peace Agenda.
As a member of the Peacebuilding Commission, we also welcome the important role the Commission and the PBSO are called to play in the sustaining peace, also in view of the new architecture of the peace and security pillar.
At the same time, we recognize the need for strengthened partnerships among the United Nations, international, regional and subregional organizations, international financial institutions, civil society organizations, women’s groups, youth organizations and the private sector. The scale and nature of the challenge of sustaining peace call for a collective effort that Italy is also undertaking in a spirit of full cooperation and European cohesion through the split term with The Netherlands in the Security Council in 2017/2018.
I thank you, Mr. President.