New York

10 February 2016

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy. The Secretary-General emphasized that the political process is key to addressing the political, security and humanitarian challenges in Libya.

The Secretary-General and the President exchanged views on the situation in Syria and related challenges arising from the large-scale arrivals of refugees and migrants and the spread of violent extremism. In addition, they discussed the importance of follow-up and implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Finally, the Secretary-General acknowledged Italy’s key role in advocating the universal abolition of the death penalty and thanked Italy for its contribution to UNIFIL as well as the support it provides to the numerous United Nations entities that it hosts.