DJIBOUTI CITY, AUGUST 28 – The UN resident coordinator and UNDP representative in Djibouti Barbara Manzi has visited the local Italian Military Support Base. The talks took place in a cordial atmosphere, as a press statement of the Department of Defense reports.
The newly appointed UN coordinator in the small African country, Mrs. Manzi received a briefing on the activities of the base, in particular on the Civil-Military Co-operation (CIMIC) and on its ongoing programs. The UN representative has expressed her appreciation to the Commanding Officer, Col. Gianni Spaziani and his staff for the work done in favor of the civilian population of the Horn of Africa nation, as well for the diplomatic ties developed by the Italian military with the local political authorities and the diplomatic community in the country.
The Italian Military Support Base in Djibouti carries out activities of Civil-Military Co-operation, by coordinating and joining projects with civilian agencies active in the small African country, plagued by significant environmental problems like deforestation, desertification and water pollution. The Italian armed forces are engaged in facing the most pressing problems of the population, providing food, water, school and health care. Thanks to the skills of the staff of Base, it was also possible to carry out valuable initiatives in the field of “Vocational Training”, which have encouraged young people and women to find a job, helping them to obtain emancipation conditions that are not otherwise achievable.
The local Italian armed forces established an excellent cooperation with UN agencies, focusing especially on the three main refugee camps in Djibouti managed by UNHCR and ONARS (the local civil protection agency). Together with the IOM (International Organization for Migration) the Italians’ activities aim at strengthening assistance to migrants in the Horn of Africa area, since Djibouti is a fundamental crossroads of migration to and from Yemen and to those from Somalia and Ethiopia towards South Sudan and Arabian peninsula.
Barbara Manzi’s visit concluded with the promise of a renewed, deep, mutual cooperation and availability between the two parts. (@OnuItalia)