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Geneva: Italy intervenes at ILO’s Governing Body

The Governing Body of the International Labour Office is the executive body of the Organization. During its three annual sessions, it takes decisions on ILO policy, decides the agenda of the International Labour Conference, adopts the draft Programme and Budget of the Organization for submission to the Conference, and elects the Director-General.

At the 337 Session of the ILO Governing Body (24 October – 7 November 2019), Italy intervened to support the activities carried out by the ILO International Training Centre of Turin, stressing, along with the relevance of the Italian financial contribution to the Centre, the commitment of its Director and Team to consolidating its financial sustainability.

Speech of the Permanent Representative Gian Lorenzo Cornado:

The Italian government reaffirms the continued support to the International Training Centre of the ILO. The financial support of Italy to the Centre is exemplified in the form of an ex-lege annual contribution in the amount of €7.85 million as well as a voluntary contribution which amounts to €1.6 million. In particular, we would like to emphasise the additional Italian Government’s financial commitment to the Centre in the allocation of 3 million Euros for the renovation of the pavilions Africa 10 and 11 with a view to creating a new Innovation Learning Lab. We expect that the renovation project will be carried out within the allocated budget and on a timely basis.

The Italian government fully supports the Programme and Budget of the Centre for the biennium 2020-21, as it was approved by the Turin Board on 25 October 2019. In this regard, the Italian government is looking forward to seeing more synergies between the ILO and the Turin Centre with a a view to achieving more and better results in the next biennium.

In the context of the UN reform, we look forward to seeing the Centre at the core of the future training activities for Resident Coordinators and UNCT members. The International Training Centre of the ILO should be seen as a key asset in the development and delivering of Resident Coordinators training within the UNSDG.

The Italian government would also like to congratulate the Turin School of Development for its solid performance which is giving a very good exposure to the Centre with the academic world and other UN agencies.We encourage the School to further strengthen its international outreach.

Finally, the Italian government congratulates the Director and his management team in continuing in the containment of costs and in handling well the available resources with a view to consolidating the financial sustainability of the Turin Centre.