On Wednesday, May 18th, the Farnesina in Rome, Italy will host the First Italy-Africa Ministerial Conference, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in conjunction with the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI).

The Rome-based conference is due to unite 45 ministers from an equal number of African Countries, their Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in New York and the top representatives of around 15 International and Regional Organisations of the UN System.

The President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, will open the plenary session and will be followed by speeches by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Paolo Gentiloni and Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chad (rotating presidency of the rotating Council of the African Union). The conference will be closed by the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi. Closing remarks will also be made by the President of the African Union Commission, Dlamini Zuma, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Energy, Elaham Ibrahim, and Director General of FAO, Jose Graziano da Silva.

The conference will be articulated into a general assembly and in the following four thematic panels:

Economic Sustainability – Italy-Africa, the challenges of a shared growth

The keynote speakers of the panel are:
Maurizio Martina, Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies
Kanyo Nwanze, President of IFAD
Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency

• Socio-environmental Sustainability – The Environment and Social Development. The 2030 Agenda and a new integrated approach

The key note speakers of the panel are:
Gianluca Galletti, Minister of the Environment
José Graziano Da Silva, Director General of FAO
Adnan Amin, IRENA

• Sustainability of the migration phenomenon – For a new model of dialogue

The key note speakers of the panel are:
Angelino Alfano, Minister of the Interior
Ertharin Cousin, WFP
Laura Thompson, IOM
The conclusive remarks will be made by Filippo Grandi, the High Commissioner of the UNHCR

• Peace and security – Peace keeping, peace building and African ownership

The key note speakers of the panel are:
Mario Giro, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Maged Abdelaziz, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Africa, OSAA
Zaineb Bangura, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict

Source: Italy UN, New York

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