NEW YORK, JUNE 21 – Naples can be an example of cultural integration for the United Nations. “I am very proud to be Neapolitan. I consider it a privilege. Coming from such a cosmopolitan, unique civilization allows you to acquire a peculiar historical perspective. Naples reveals a culture capable of absorbing and integrating those coming from outside”, Ambassador Inigo Lambertini, Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations and in the Security Council, said in an interview with the Corriere del Mezzogiorno.
Today migration is a high-priority theme on Italy’s agenda at the UN, as the Ambassador explains: “Italians at the UN in New York have been among the first to raise the issue of migration, however for a long time the High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva has been considered the main point of reference for this subject. That was because there was no link between population movements and security”.
Just a few years ago the issue of migration was underestimated by the Security Council, Inigo Lambertini recalls. “Now the picture is clearer. After drug trafficking, nowadays smuggling of human beings is the second source of illicit financing for criminal and terrorist organizations. Large areas of the African continent are in the hands of traffickers of human beings, the Sahel countries, just south of the Sahara desert, have trouble controlling their territory. However the Sahel region is our frontier, because there is a connection between migration and security”.
Ambassador Lambertini expresses a thought on the situation in Italy: “I remember some words from Former Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino Minister Bonino who said: ‘What is Foreign Policy? Foreign policy and what we put on our table to feed our family at the end of the day’. This is to say that Foreign policy is not an odd thing, estranged of our everyday lives. We have to be open to the world, to confront each other. Italy is a country that is bound to be global because of its geographic and historical position. Our country has to open up to the world with all its complexities. This is the challenge we are all called to face. Also, we Neapolitans, have to do it”.
(@OnuItalia, 22 June 2017)