Assumo l’incarico affidatomi dall’ONU in Sahel con la consapevolezza della sua difficoltà

Comunicato del Presidente Romano Prodi

“L’incarico affidatomi dall’ONU mi onora profondamente:  si tratta di un impegno di estrema delicatezza e di grande responsabilità.

L’area del Sahel è stata destabilizzata da lontani e da recenti eventi politici e vi si concentrano situazioni drammatiche di carattere politico, economico, sociale e umanitario.

Assumo questo incarico con la consapevolezza della sua difficoltà ma anche con la mia più completa disponibilità e speranza“.

Romano Prodi

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Appointment of Special Envoy for the Sahel

The Secretary-General announced today the appointment of Mr. Romano Prodi of Italy as his Special Envoy for the Sahel.  The Secretary-General looks forward to Mr. Prodi’s leadership in shaping and mobilizing an effective UN and international response to the complex crisis plaguing the countries and people of this region.

Mr. Prodi will work closely with the members of the UN family, both at Headquarters and those in the field, to coordinate UN system-wide efforts to finalize and implement the UN Integrated Regional Strategy for the Sahel. Mr. Prodi will also conduct wide-ranging consultations with Member States of the region, regional and sub-regional organizations and other international partners on the finalization and implementation of the Strategy.

The Special Envoy will undertake good offices on behalf of the Secretary-General, particularly in support of national, regional and international mediation efforts in the sub-region, especially regarding cross-border and transnational issues. He will help generate, sustain and coordinate international engagement in support of national efforts of Sahelian countries to address the multifaceted crisis, including with an initial focus on Mali.

Mr. Prodi has an extensive career in international diplomacy, academia and at the helm of international organizations. He served as Prime Minister of Italy from 2006 to 2008 and from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Prodi also served as President of the European Commission from 1999 to 2005, overseeing the introduction of the euro, the enlargement of the European Union to ten countries from Central, Eastern and Southern Europe and the treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe.

Earlier, Mr. Prodi served as Italian Minister of Industry (1978-1979) and head of the Institute for Industrial Reconstruction.

After serving as the Prime Minister, Mr. Prodi continued to work in academia and international diplomacy. He held academic teaching positions at Brown University and at the China-Europe International Business School. He continues to serve as President of the Foundation for Worldwide Cooperation, whose objective is to tackle “social, cultural, political issues in the world”, developing and offering new proposals of cooperation in the international context.   In 2008, he served as Chairman of the UN-AU High Level Panel for Peacekeeping in Africa.

New York, 9 October 2012

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