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Press Release - Italy/ONU: Program For Development of Caribbean Countries presented In New York

Date:

03/07/2018


Press Release - Italy/ONU: Program For Development of Caribbean Countries presented In New York

New York, 7 March 2018: Italy presented this morning a development cooperation program in support of ten Caribbean Countries towards the Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Resilience Building. The meeting, held at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations, was co-chaired by the Deputy Permanent Representative Ambassador Inigo Lambertini, Plenipotentiary Minister Ernesto Bellelli on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, and Director General Francesco La Camera for the Italian Ministry of Environment and Protection of Land and Sea. Representatives of Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadine, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic attended the meeting.

The Cooperation Program includes a soft loan for 30 mln euros from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, a credit facility from the Italian Financial Development Institution Cassa Depositi e Prestiti and complementary grant interventions.

The initiative confirms and consolidates the long standing partnership between Italy and the Caribbean Countries aimed at contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the light of the specific vulnerabilities related to the impact of climate change faced by these Countries. A goal that Italy has contributed to also as co-chair for 2016 and 2017 of the Steering Committee of the S.A.M.O.A. Pathway Partnership Framework, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015 in order to develop the partnership with SIDS in implementing the 2030 Agenda.

Italy also brought the issue of climate change to the attention of the Security Council, during its mandate as elected member in 2017, by organizing an Arria formula meeting on “Preparing for security implications of rising temperatures”.

 


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