The promotion of gender equality and women empowerment is a top priority of Italy's foreign policy and development cooperation. It requires a comprehensive approach with cross-cutting initiatives and a long-term committment by every person, men and women, at all level. I am therefore particularly pleased to join the International Gender Champions initiative and contribute to this common endeavor.
Promote work-family life balance through: a) early information and advance notice of meetings to enhance predictability and planning, and b) avoid calling meetings taking place during evenings, weekends and public holidays.
Advise and encourage my national authorities to launch or support, as appropriate, draft decisions and initiatives promoting gender equality across the entire spectrum of activities of Vienna based Organisations.