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15th Conference of Italian Ambassadors

The Conference of Italian Ambassadors in the World opens today at the Farnesina. “Italian diplomacy in the service of the country in a changing world” is this year’s topic. The event brings together over 100 heads of Italian diplomatic missions throughout the world.

The Conference provides an opportunity to discuss the role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and its diplomatic-consular network, and the tools available to them, in supporting Italy in promoting our national interests in the world, in line with Euro-Atlantic principles and values.

The proceedings will take place behind closed doors. Some sessions, however, will be open to media participation (photographers and camera operators in the International Conference Room; journalists in the Aldo Moro Room with audio-video links). They will also be streamed on the Farnesina’s YouTube channel.

Wednesday 21 December:

10.00–10.45 – Opening session with greetings from the Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry, Ettore Francesco Sequi, message from the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, speech by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, and keynote speech of the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola.

12:30–13:30 – Session on “Italian foreign policy goals”

Address by Minister Tajani. With the participation of the President of the Committee of Foreign Affairs – Defense of the Senate, Stefania Craxi, and of the President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chamber, Giulio Tremonti.

Thursday 22 December:

09:00–10:30 – Session on “Innovative instruments for economic diplomacy and growth”, with addresses by Minister Tajani, the Minister for Economy and Finance, Giancarlo Giorgetti, and the Minister for Enterprises and Made in Italy, Adolfo Urso.

10:50–13:30 – Session on “Italy’s global appeal”, with addresses Minister Tajani, the Minister for Education and Merit, Giuseppe Valditara, the Minister for University and Research, Anna Maria Bernini, and the Minister for Culture, Gennaro Sangiuliano. The session will end with a short award ceremony for the “Mama Sofia” scholarships set up in memory of Ambassador Luca Attanasio.

15:00–15:45 – Addresses by the President of the Council of Ministers, Giorgia Meloni, Minister Tajani, and the Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry, Ettore Francesco Sequi.

18:50 – 19:00 Closing speech by Minister Tajani.