Third United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS)
1 September 2022
SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE CARABINIERI DEPUTY COMMANDING GENERAL,
LT. GEN. MAURIZIO DETALMO MEZZAVILLA
Dear Excellences, distinguished colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of the Carabinieri Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Teo Luzi, I would like to thank you for inviting us to attend such a meaningful event.
The Carabinieri Corps is the Italian Police Force with military status, a qualified Law Enforcement Agency. The Carabinieri, since 1814, are fully inspired by its territorial presence and citizens’ proximity, two driving forces that have long gone beyond the borders of Italy, in areas where the Carabinieri are internationally engaged both in peacekeeping operations and in bilateral/multilateral cooperation.
Among the many challenges we need to address, I would like to mention the one, which I believe, represents by far a priority for the International agenda: climate change. It is a trans-national threat that needs a cohesive approach and a coordinated answer. To this end, we are available to share the expertise of the Carabinieri Environmental and Agricultural Command, a highly qualified Unit specifically dedicated to the protection of the Environment and the taking care of the territory. The growing importance of the topic has led us to take on a fervent networking effort, together with partner Institutions and International Organizations, to deliver capacity building training and strategic advising. In this framework, I would like to mention the cooperation launched since 2017 with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations and the establishment, in 2021, of the International Center of Excellence for the Protection of the Environment and the Care of Territory. The CoE located in Sabaudia, 15 km South of Rome in the Circeo Park area, has the ambition to represent, like the CoESPU in Vicenza, a doctrinal and training hub, a high Institute that carries out operational training programs in support of interested countries, with a specific focus on Africa, that operates in partnership with the relevant UN agencies.
Providing security and prosperity to our communities is the core mission of our Institutions, an effort and a commitment we owe to our next generations.
Thank you very much for your attention.