NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 2 – With over 66 million people, migrants and refugees represent by now the 24th nation of the world: Italy wants to keep this issue front and center of the agenda of the Security Council, the Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs Enzo Amendola told at a stake out after chairing the first public meeting of the Council under the month of the Italian presidency.
High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi briefed the Council on the work carried out by UNCHR on the ground, assisting all those in need of international protection, including the victims of trafficking. Grandi sharply criticized the international community for its failure to prevent and resolve conflicts which have displaced nearly 66 million people around the world: “The 24th nation of the world for number of people”, Amendola pointedly remarked at the stake-out.
Addressing the meeting in this national capacity, Amendola said that “UNCHR can count on Italy’s full support. From Myanmar to Libya, from Somalia to Jordan and Yemen, Italy will work side by side with UNHCR to ensure protection and assistance to civilian population, in particular the most vulnerable categories and those who deserve special protection”.
Aware of the increasing need for financial resources in order to operate in multiple crises scenarios at global level, Italy has decided to further increase its financial support to UNHCR. “We plan to remain one of the main donors of the Agency. Besides our annual voluntary contribution to the regular budget, so far, we have already approved additional humanitari
an emergencies projects. Further initiatives will be implemented by the end of the year”.
The Global Compact on refugees, to be adopted next year, should represent a step forward in preventing and stemming the root causes of forced migration and refugees flows. “We shared our proposals, which are based on three main actions: “investing”, “protecting” and “valuing”: “investing” in supporting the Countries of origin and transit, “protecting” refugees and the most vulnerable migrants, “valuing” the many positive aspects of migration flows”, Amendola said, adding that Italy’s priority is to promote two key principles. The first one is partnership between countries of origin, transit and destination of flows. There is growing evidence of the need to collaborate on migration, not just to fight trafficking in human beings and criminal networks associated with migratory movements, but also to deal with the root causes of migration. The second key principle, is “shared responsibility”, both in managing the migratory flows and in protecting migrants and refugees, especially the most vulnerable ones, like women, children and people with disabilities.
To read the full transcript of Mr. Amendola’s speech click here. (@OnuItalia)
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