On December 14, 1955, Italy espoused the United Nations Charter to become a member of the Organization.
Thus began a long history of collaboration, support and impetus for the activities of the United Nations, which is the logical consequence of the multilateral approach that distinguishes Italian foreign policy.
Italy participates in the UN’s activities with growing commitment, contributing to the pursuance of the Charter’s objectives, from maintaining international peace and security, to the promotion of human rights to sustainable development.
Over these decades, Italy has contributed with determination to the drafting of the General Assembly and Security Council resolutions that have made major inroads at the level of international law. The campaigns for a moratorium on capital punishment, gender equality and the rights of women and minors (not least against the practice of female genital mutilation and of early or forced marriages), against all forms of religious discrimination and in favour of freedom of expression are only a few of the concerns that place our country in the forefront.
Thanks to Italy’s unceasing efforts, it has been possible, with the passage of time, to narrow differences in position and broaden consensus on many issues.
Italy has also directly shared the burden of responsibility for the collective security having been seated six times as a non-permanent member of the Security Council.
Italy ranks 7th among financial contributors to peace missions, and is the top Western supplier of troops. Italy has participated since 2006 in the UNIFIL II mission deployed in southern Lebanon and currently under the command of General Luciano Portolano.