UNDP and Italy sign agreement to support Italian G7 commitments and UN reformSep 18, 2017
New York – Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, and the Italian Minister of the Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS), Gian Luca Galletti, today signed an agreement for EUR 7 million in support of Italian G7 Presidency commitments and UNDP reform objectives.
Italy’s Presidency of the G7 in 2017 produced a number of recommendations focusing on matters most pressing to its membership, including the impact of climate change and environmental degradation, in particular in Africa.
In particular, the G7 recognizes the importance of African agricultural production and food security, water availability, as well as stability and economic growth in the region. The G7 membership subsequently welcomed the proposal of the Italian Government to establish a Centre in Rome, for facilitating the voluntary exchange of information on increasing the effectiveness, synergies and complementarities of ongoing initiatives in support of Africa.
IMELS will be partnering with UNDP as well as the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) in Rome in the establishment of this center which will focus on facilitating the exchange of information on development interventions and initiatives, as well as best practices on climate change, food security, access to water, clean energy generation in support to the achievement of the SDGs by African Countries.
UNDP as the partner organization to Italy in the pursuit of this objective is itself undergoing a realignment of the organisation around the SDGs, with a new Strategic Plan 2018-2021 expected to be adopted this year.
UNDP will thus be presenting revised objectives and a new business model to the Member States, which Italy through the IMELS partnership will be advancing with a view to UNDP further advancing towards an organization that is Fit-for-Purpose to deliver on the expectations of its Member States in the achievement of the SDGs and the Agenda 2030.