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Press Release - UN/Italy. Renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding on the cooperation on the matter of vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation of climate change with Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS)

Date:

02/08/2019


Press Release - UN/Italy. Renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding on the cooperation on the matter of vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation of climate change with Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS)

New York, 8 February 2019.  “Today is a special day, marking a milestone on our journey that began more than twelve years ago and that sees Italy beside the Small Islands of the Pacific in the realization of their development goals. A partnership that – setting out to combine socio-economic development with environmental protection – was a trailblazer in and of itself. The connection between these two concepts, which is at the core of the programme developed by Italy and these Countries, today inspires the global efforts in fulfilling Agenda 2030 and the Paris Climate Agreement.” As much was stated by Ambassador Mariangela Zappia, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations in New York, as she opened the signing ceremony for the renewal, until 2023, of the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation for Climate Change Vulnerability, Adaptation, and Mitigation between Italy and the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS).

The ceremony was held at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN with the participation of Francesco La Camera, the Director General for Sustainable Development of the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea; PSIDS representatives; and partner Countries that have joined the programme launched by Italy in 2007, i.e., Spain, Austria and Luxembourg.

Director General La Camera announced a new work program for the next five years. The signing ceremony was followed by a technical session of the Programme’s Joint Committee that approved three projects respectively for Nauru, Palau and Papua New Guinea.

“The success of this Cooperation Programme is based on its innovative and holistic approach, and on an equal partnership, respectful of the priorities of each of these Countries. With the focus on efficiency and sustainability, we were able to realize forty projects, create new jobs, significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions and the consumption of fossil fuels,” Mr. La Camera underscored.

“The Programme renewal will allow for an expansion and strengthening of activities to better respond to emerging challenges in reaching the objectives of Agenda 2030 and the targets of the Paris Agreement. It has come at a propitious time for the PSIDS as
in September of this year in New York, the Review of the Samoa Pathway will take place. The Samoa Pathway serves as the international framework of reference for defining and realizing development strategies that encompass the specific needs of the PSIDS. Their Cooperation Programme with Italy is an example, which can be replicated in other contexts, of an effective partnership for sustainable development, confirming Italy’s commitment toward the priorities of the global agenda and toward the lasting friendship that ties it to the PSIDS,” Ambassador Zappia concluded.

 

 


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