ROME/NEW YORK, JANUARY 2 – “Italy seats in the UN Security Council. Our voce will be stronger in defense of sustainable development, peace, global commitment for migrants”, the Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni wrote today on Twitter.
The issues mentioned by Gentiloni are part of the Italian traditional multilateral agenda which includes climate change, human rights and cultural heritage as well. The Council will meet for the first time tomorrow under the Swedish presidency. Italy is one of five non- permanent members who will be serving in 2017: the others are Ethiopia, Sweden, Kazhakstan and Bolivia, replacing Malaysia, Venezuela, Spain, New Zealand and Angola.
The new UN Security Council members were congratulated by several delegation and by the United Nations:
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Italy will chair the Council in November and will pass the seat to the Netherlands on December 31 in accordance with the agreement reached by the two countries last July. (@OnuItalia)