NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 30 – Thirty busy days in which Italy succeeded in its goal to bring the crisis in Libya and the situation in the Mediterranean at the center of the agenda of the UN Security Council. Upon conclusion of his monthly mandate – chairing 7 formal meetings, 13 consultations and 7 adopted resolutions – as President of the Council, the Italian Permanent Representative to the UN Sebastiano Cardi assessed the work done, expressing “satisfaction” for the results obtained.
Mediterranean, Libya, trafficking of human beings, peacekeeping and the protection of cultural heritage were the priorities of the agenda: “We were able to bring the Libyan dossier and the situation in the Mediterranean to the attention of the Council”, Cardi told UN reporters at the end of the last meeting of the Italian presidency: a briefing on the protection of cultural heritage in areas of conflicts which brought the UNESCO new Director General and former French minister of culture, Audrey Azoulay, back to UN headquarters for the first time since the beginning of her mandate.
Cardi reiterated Italy’s support to the action ofn the Libyan authorities and to the Libyan initiative to establish, in coordination with UNHCR, a dedicated structure to process the most vulnerable categories of migrants in Tripoli, a positive development facilitated by the Italian embassy in the Libyan capital. During the month of November the UN refugee chief, Filippo Grandi, briefed the council twice, on November 2 in person and later in video-conference. Italy will continue its commitment for the stabilization of the country and for humanitarian assistance together with the United Nations and its refugee agency, the Italian ambassador remarked today.