So far, Italy has represented “the cornerstone of UN peace processes and commitment to human rights”. This is what stated the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, during an interview for the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera on the eve of his departure for Rome. Today he is going to hold a speech during a joint session of Parliament, then visit Expo in Milan. Ban recognized that the country “has made a major contribution to peacekeeping activities” with “more than 1,100 men in Lebanon and not only”. Italy, continued the Secretary General of the UN, “has been also a model of human rights development. I hope it will keep working in the same spirit, along with other nations, now that we have to carry out the goals of sustainable development on the 2030 Agenda. A friendly planet on where the future of human beings is a priority. We can make it”.
Besides, if the peace mission is launched, Italy could play a decisive role in Libya. Even if it will be up to the Security Council to indicate who is going to lead it, despite the fact that the government has already said it was ready. “I can only say that Italy has played a very positive role, crucial also in encouraging an agreement for a national unity government – stressed Ban – an pact negotiated among a thousand difficulties by the UN mediator, Bernardino Leon”. The Secretary General of the UN has reflected also on Italy’s commitment to migrants: “I very much appreciate the generosity and compassion, as well as the aid offered by the Italian people and government to those desperate people – he explained – . I know that all of this has been a big challenge for you. Without doubt, it was not easy to accommodate all those migrants. But I hope that both the European Union and Italy will continue to show their global solidarity. This is particularly significant for Europe, and the first agreements I see in the EU on the reallocation of refugees in its different countries encourages me. We must face reality: migration has become a global phenomenon”.