NEW YORK, 17 GENNAIO – Italy and the Maldives will lead the efforts of the United Nations General Assembly to foster development and protect Small Island Developing States from the threats of climate change. The Italian Permanent Representative, Sebastiano Cardi, and his colleague from the Maldives, Ahmed Sareer, have been re-appointed as co-chair of the Steering Committee on Partnerships for SIDS by the President of the 71st General Assembly, Peter Thomson of Fiji.
The Steering Committee has grown directly out of the Third International Conference for SIDS, held in September 2014 in Samoa in the wider context of the 2030 Agenda. The partnership was formally established in December 2015, during the 70th session of the General Assembly.
Cardi’s re-appointment validates the longstanding efforts made by the Italian government to support new initiatives advancing SIDS sustainable development. Among other initiatives, Italy is promoting the 10×20 project, which aims at achieving the promise to “protect the oceans and seas” as described in Goal 14 of the agenda for sustainable development – “Conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas by 2020”. (@OnuItalia)