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UNGA72: Alfano announces launch Mediterranean Women Mediators Network

NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 21 – “Peace cannot be achieved without the decisive contribution of half of our society”: a side event at the United Nations on women’s role in mediation was the opportunity for the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Angelino Alfano to announce the launch, next October, of  the new Mediterranean Women Mediators Network.

Today, too few women are involved in mediation, lamented Alfano. The vast majority of so-called “Track 1 level” United Nations mediations are still led by men. This is to the detriment of the international community. Because negotiations where women are absent or marginalized miss vital energies and lose political legitimacy. An agreement not negotiated by the “other half” of civil society is a weak agreement: “That’s why we want to launch a new Network and share experiences with existing Networks”, the Minister said adding that “women are powerful agents of peace and security. Especially in the Mediterranean”.

According to Alfano, Women Mediators Networks are very important, for at least two reasons: “First, because they can make us think more strategically about how to forge stronger links among stakeholders. Second, to help women reach senior positions of mediation. To be more influential at the “Track 1 level”’. Alfano applauded UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, who has committed to increasing the number of women mediators. But it’s also the responsibility of States, he said. “In Italian diplomacy, I am proud to say that the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – our top diplomat –  is a woman: Ambassador Elisabetta Belloni. And exactly half of my latest nominations to the rank of Ambassador are women”. (@OnuItalia)
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