ROME, JANUARY 8 – The Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, will be in New York on Monday and Tuesday to take part in a high level Security Council meeting on sustainable peace and conflict prevention. Italy joined the Security Council on January 1, as a non permanent member for the year 2017.
While in New York, Alfano will meet UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the other Security Council members. The Italian priorities for the UNSC mandate, the situation in Libya and Syria, the fight against terrorism and religious fondamentalism and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals will be on the agenda.
On Tuesday, after visiting the exhibition “Pillars of Cooperation” co-organized by Italy and the Netherlands, Alfano will speak to the Council. Focus of his speech, according to a note of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be the strategies deployed by the United Nations for conflict prevention. A particular attention will be given to the UNIFIL mission in Southern Lebanon, its political and civil dimension and the special commitment to respect and defend cultural diversity.
Margot Wallström, Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, is expected to preside the Security Council session. Guterres will be the sole briefer. Ahead of the meeting Sweden has circulated a concept paper in preparation for the debate.
The concept note describes the “conflict prevention and sustaining peace” debate as an opportunity for the new Secretary-General to outline his vision for a renewed focus on conflict prevention. It says that the debate will offer member states the chance to discuss how the Council can support the sustaining-peace agenda. The concept note further says that the discussion will explore how the Security Council and the Secretary General can work together more productively on conflict prevention. (@OnuItalia)