NEW YORK, JANUARY 1 – The Italian flag was raised in a special ceremony in front of the hall of the UN Security Council in New York on Dec. 31, 2016, signifying the assumption by the country of its duties as a non-permanent member of the body for the year 2017. The plates with the name of Italy were also set at the negotiating table in the Security Council room and the room for private consultations.
The flags and nameplates of other new non-permanent Security Council members – Bolivia, Kazhakstan, Sweden and Ethiopia, – were also set. Their credentials also begin Jan. 1, 2017. Italy and these countries replaced Malaysia, Venezuela, Spain, New Zealand and Angola.
The first meeting of the UN Security Council in 2017 is scheduled for Jan. 3. Sweden hods the rotating presidency for the month of January. at the end of 2017 Italy will pass the seat to the Netherlands in line with what agreed by the respective ministers of foreign affairs last July when neither countries reached the number of necessary votes for a full two-years term.
“Italy and the Netherlands want the split term to be a relaunch of ideals of European Union”, the Italian Permanent Representative Sebastiano Cardi recently told “La Voce di New York”: “The two governments want the shared seat to be a sign of unity and a relaunch of ideals of the European Union. It is important to ensure the success of the innovative experiment, to demonstrate that the road to European collaboration represents a positive prospective, even within the Security Council where, after all, it’s worth remembering that the Member States are elected at a national level”.
In the UNSC Italy will serve first in 2017 and in November will hold the rotating presidency. 2017 will be a crucial year for the Italian government lead by the former minister of Foreign Affairs Paolo Gentiloni: the 43rd G7 summit under Italian presidency will be held on May 26–27 in Taormina. Italy will also be a part in the troika of OSCE in view of being the chair in 2018. (@OnuItalia)