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UNCATD15: “From inequality and vulnerability to prosperity for all”

The Permanent Representative of Italy to the International Organizations in Geneva spoke today at the General Debate of the 15th Session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 15), the quadrennial Ministerial meeting of the Organization that promotes sustainable development in developing and least developed countries through a fairer and more effective integration in the multilateral trading system.

UNCTAD15, hosted by Barbados from 3 to 7 October in a mainly virtual format and dedicated to the theme “From inequality and vulnerability to prosperity for all”, is called to update the mandate of the Organization on the basis of the pandemic’s “new normal” and to enhance UNCTAD’s role in supporting a green, resilient, just and digital recovery, that is really inclusive and leaves no one behind.

In his speech, Ambassador Cornado stressed that the main challenges currently faced by the International Community require dialogue, mutual understanding, as well as a profound awareness of the common global responsibilities, in order to support a post-pandemic recovery that aims at achieving sustainable and inclusive prosperity.

He underlined the necessity to promote a global and concerted action in order to build a more resilient, inclusive, environmentally sound and sustainable world, and stressed that the achievements of the Italian G20 Presidency in the field of trade and development are a precious experience in this direction: “Italy has continued its work to progress towards building back better and advancing the 2030 Agenda”.

Ambassador Cornado reiterated the firm support of Italy to international cooperation and renewed the appreciation to UNCTAD, emphasizing its pivotal role in promoting sustainable development in least-advanced economies: “Multilateralism is the key to respond to the current challenges”.

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