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ONU/Italy: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Del Re, meets the President of the General Assembly Espinosa



ONU/Italy: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Del Re, meets the President of the General Assembly Espinosa

New York, 29 January 2019. Today, as part of her visit to the United Nations in New York, the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Emanuela Del Re, had a cordial meeting on a wide range of topics with the President of the 73rd session of the General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces.

"Recalling the positive meeting with the Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, last September, I confirmed to President Espinosa Italy's support for her leadership and for the implementation of her ambitious agenda for the current session of the General Assembly, whose basic goal we share: to bring the United Nations closer to the people, focusing in particular on young people and women. I described Italy's commitment to gender equality and against all forms of violence and abuse toward women and girls. We also continue to work to ensure that women are given the opportunity to contribute actively in peace and development processes. Their participation, especially in decision-making and in the economy, is a top priority of Italian Cooperation.

"We agreed with the President on the need for a reform of multilateralism and the United Nations. I underlined that Italy has supported the Secretary-General’s vision for a reformed UN from the start and we are closely following its implementation, especially in the development pillar. The restructuring of the United Nations system in this sector could have a concrete impact on the prospects of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. I also mentioned Italy's constructive commitment to the reform process of the Security Council.

"Climate and Agenda 2030 are priorities that Italy shares. Hesitations and delays are no longer admissible in view of the increasingly serious impact of climate change. Acting together for development, starting with the fight against poverty and hunger, also means eradicating the root causes of conflict and instability. Italy has always been at the forefront of these issues. This is another reason why our Permanent Representative, Ambassador Zappia, has been appointed co-facilitator of the Financing for Development process, in view of the High-Level Forum to be held in New York in April: a commitment that we have accepted with a sense of honor, responsibility and seriousness, and for which I also received words of appreciation yesterday from the ECOSOC President, Rhonda King.