NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 5 – In a full day of meetings as co-chairs of the Group of Friends of the Responsibility to Protect initiative, Italy’s Permanent Representative Sebastiano Cardi and his colleague from Qatar, Ambassador Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Than, met wit the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to discuss his views and plans for preventing mass atrocities on 2018.
Cardi and the Qatari Ambassador met also with the Executive Director of UNFPA Natalia Kanem: “We discussed ideas for a collaborative effort in supporting women and girls’ empowerment programs”.
Tomorrow UNFPA will release a new report according which tens of millions of girls will face female genital mutilation between 2015 and 2030. The battle against FMG, a violent act that causes infection, disease, childbirth complications and even death, has been a long-standing supporter of the United Nations campaigns to stop the practice. It has supported a UN General Assembly resolution which has been adopted three times, while being strongly committed domestically in preventing female mutilation and cutting through a law approved in 2006 by the Italian Parliament.
With approximately 20 million euros between 2014 and 2015, Italy was also one of the major donors committed to the ban of female genital mutilation. Way back in 2004, Italy funded a UNICEF trust fund which gave rise to the multilateral action which set up collaboration between UNICEF and the UNFPA and the “Female Genital Mutilation Cutting: accelerating change” joint programme, including action to be implemented in 17 African countries. Italy has been part of the Steering Committee of the fund since it was started, promoting the same action and contributing to the fund every year. (@OnuItalia)