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Speech of the Permanent Representative of Italy to the 72nd session of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Date:

10/06/2021


Speech of the Permanent Representative of Italy to the 72nd session of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

The Permanent Representative of Italy to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Gian Lorenzo Cornado, delivered his statement to the 72nd session of the Executive Committee of UNHCR, at the presence of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Filippo Grandi.

Ambassador Cornado highlighted how ‘’one year and a half after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is still facing exceptional challenges and it’s dealing with complex and multi-layered humanitarian crises which have further aggravated the fragilities of those in most vulnerable situations, including refugees, internally displaced persons, asylum seekers, stateless persons and those entitled to international protection’’. He also expressed Italy’s concern for the significant increase in the number of forcibly displaced people in the world registered last year, ‘’a worrying trend driven by protracted displacement situations, international and internal conflicts, the socio-economic effects of the pandemic, violence, extreme weather events and natural disasters, that are forcing people to flee their homes, as shown by the recent dramatic developments in Afghanistan, Mozambique and Ethiopia’’.

Ambassador Cornado stressed how ‘’confronted with exceptional circumstances, Italy has responded with unprecedented means to fight against the pandemic and to reduce its secondary effects, in particular on UNHCR’s persons of concern, mobilizing increased financial resources for ensuring a timelier and more effective emergency response’’. He also reminded how Italy, as current G20 Presidency, has boosted ‘’the joint commitment of its Member States to pursue a strong, inclusive and sustainable post-pandemic recovery, as we believe that multilateralism, mutual help and close cooperation is the only way forward for achieving more solidarity and for building a stronger International Community and prevent humanitarian crises’’.

In addition, Ambassador Cornado confirmed the Italian engagement of implementing the commitments arising from the Global Compact for Refugees, as well as the engagements pledged during the first Global Refugee Forum, implementing resettlement programs, and continuing offering humanitarian corridors for the safe transfer to Italy of particularly vulnerable refugees. Lastly, he highlighted also the Italian engagement in supporting complementary pathways through the implementation of the « University Corridors for Refugees Project » benefiting refugee students from Middle East and African countries who will have a chance to complete, or have access to, university education in Italy.


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