NEW YORK, OCTOBER 19 – The new Italian law against anti-personnel mines and cluster munitions was presented today by Ambassador Vinicio Mati, the Permanent Representative of Italy to the Conference on Disarmament, Ambassadori, at the General Debate of the First Committee First Committee of the 72nd UN General Assembly.
“I am proud to announce that on 3 October 2017, the Italian Parliament, building upon strong support from the Italian civil society, approved a new law prohibiting all Italian financial institutions from investing in and providing any form of support to Italian or foreign companies performing a range of activities including the production, use, sale, import, export, stockpiling, or transport of antipersonnel mines as well as cluster munitions and explosive submunitions”, Mati said.
The Italian diplomat explained that at the national level, Italy also completed the destruction of stockpiles of antipersonnel mines in 2002 and of cluster munitions in 2015. “At the international level, we continue to allocate resources for the implementation of comprehensive mine action programmes relating to all explosive remnants of war and focusing on clearance, stockpile destruction, risk education, and victim assistance. Since 2001, we have devoted close to 50m EUR to Mine Action programmes to recipients including Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Colombia, Gaza, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Somalia, and Sudan. Besides providing financial assistance, we engage in capacity-building through training programmes and the sharing of technical demining know-how”.
Italy’s assistance programmes rely on partnerships with relevant stakeholders, including the UN, other international and regional organizations, civil society, and survivor representatives. In particular, we have established a long-term and fruitful cooperation with the ICRC and the United Nations Mine Action Service.
“Italy attaches particular importance to assisting survivors and their families, as a fundamental component of humanitarian aid, and as a key element in long-term development strategies. Both nationally and in our capacity as Co-Coordinators on Victim Assistance in the framework of the Oslo Convention we promote the implementation of an integrated approach to this topic across all relevant instruments. In this framework, Italy is also financing initiatives aimed at promoting good practices for gender and diversity-sensitive victim assistance in the mine action and disability sectors”, Mali said.
Italy is also Chair of the Mine Action Support Group: in that capacity it has made great efforts to strengthen coordination among mine action donors and recipients and to facilitate the exchange of substantive information on relevant policies and programmes, Mali said. (@OnuItalia)