NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 6 – Italy went back to the UN Security Council for the first time after the end of the non-permanent mandate at the end of December. “We are committed to work to increase the efficiency of the Council’s working methods and we are ready to engage in a dialogue for a comprehensive reform towards a more efficient, inclusive, accountable, transparent Security Council”, the Italian Permanent Representative Sebastiano Cardi told the meeting.
The occasional was an open debate organized by the Kuwaitian Presidency Kuwaitian Presidency on the working methods of the council. Cardi stressed that the revised Note 507 finally responds to the demand for enhanced transparency, inclusiveness and interaction of the Council with the rest of the UN membership. “The measures introduced for the preparation of incoming elected members put them in a better position to contribute to the Council’s work from day one, thus enhancing its effectiveness”, said the Italian Ambassador recalling in this context Italy’s split term with the Netherlands and the work carried out throughout the year with their team to ensure a smooth transition, in particular in the work of subsidiary organs.
Italy thinks that more can be done to achieve the full implementation of Note 507 and for a bold interpretation of its provisions: “In our view, the role of the E10 will be crucial in this respect and we encourage the Council to continue make use of all tools at its disposal”.
Among other suggestions put forward by the head of the Italian delegation, Cardi mentioned a closer cooperation between the Security Council and the Peace Building Commission; a larger use of “co-penholdership” in drafting documents as a practice that allows for wider participation of Council members in the drafting process, and – consequently – can bring added value to the Council’s outcomes. “During the drafting process, we encourage the Council to engage in timely consultations, including with the broader UN membership and, particularly, with interested States and regional organizations”, said the Italian Ambassador calling also, in reviewing mandates of peacekeeping operations, to give due consideration to the views of the Troop and Police Contributing Countries. (@OnuItalia)