ROME, JULY 23 – Cooperation between the Farnesina’s Unita di Crisi and the department of the Protezione Civile is the theme of an agreement which will facilitate prevention and risk assessment countries hit by natural disasters, along with a system to manage and disseminate data to foreign embassies in Italy in case of emergencies involving their nationals on Italian territory. The agreement was signed on Friday 21 July, by Secretary General Elisabetta Belloni at the Farnesina.
“The latest experiences, such as the intervention following the earthquake in Nepal in 2015, are evidence of the professionalism and technical and scientific capabilities of both bodies, representing an effective tool for the protection of Italian citizens abroad,” Ambassador Belloni said.
The agreement, along with a second one signed on Friday as well, “establish a basis for a further quality leap forward in the already well-founded relations between the Farnesina and Italy’s Protezione Civile, always committed to delivering Italy’s most effective response to natural disaster emergencies, and assistance to Italian nationals in emergency situations abroad. They will now liaise with the resources of the newly-founded Agenzia per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo [Development Cooperation Agency – AICS],” said Ambassador Belloni.
The other agreement, signed with the head of the Department of Protezione Civile, Fabrizio Curcio and the Director of AICS, Laura Frigenti, allows for help – in cases of severe natural disasters abroad – to be carried out by a joint crisis unit to start working on the ground, synchronising operations and coordinating communication between institutions. A panel with other institutions and organisations of Italian civil society committed to humanitarian aid has also been proposed. (@OnuItalia)