About us: ItalyUn.it is the first independent news site on Italy’s contribution to the life and ideals of the United Nations.
Italy has always had an important role in the UN system; it is seventh contributor of UN activities and the highest contributor of peacekeepers among Western countries. Many specialized UN agencies are based in Italy, and over 100,000 Italians work or have worked as officials, diplomats, military contractors and technicians for the United Nations. ItalyUn.it reports on these activities and on the multilateral policy of Italy and wants to be a reference point for the Italian community within the United Nations.
ItalyUn.it is edited by Alessandra Baldini and Arturo Zampaglione, longtime correspondents for ANSA and La Repubblica based in New York; the website has two newsroom, one in New York and one in Rome.
ItalyUn.it focuses not only on the central themes and agenda of the United Nations – peace and security, human rights, poverty and development, humanitarian interventions, and the environment – but also highlights the sectors of strong interest for Italy starting with the reform of the Security Council and the activities of NGOs. The heading “Newsmakers” tell the story of Italians who represent the strong commitment of diplomacy and international cooperation of their country.
ItalyUn.it is part of the new trend of nonprofit journalism, first seen in the United States with the “investigative news” website, ProPublica, of Paul Steiger, the former editor of the Wall Street Journal, and the Marshall Project, founded by Bill Keller, former director of the New York Times.
Alessandra Baldini has lived in the United States for over 20 years. She was the first female parliamentary journalist for ANSA. She then became ANSA Washington correspondent; she has been responsible for the ANSA offices in New York and London. With Paolo Palma she co-authored “La Legione”, a book on the history of Italian antifascism in the United States during World War II.
Arturo Zampaglione has been the New York correspondent for La Repubblica for nearly 20 years, and now continues to contribute to the newspaper. He studied in Rome and Boston. He has a Masters in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. In 2003-2004 he taught international journalism at New York University. He was the editor for the book-interview “La Mutazione Antiegualitaria” published by Editori Laterza in 2013.