Mediterranean: Di Stefano, working to ensure sea health

02 February, 18:13

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, FEBRUARY 2 - Italian Foreign Undersecretary Manlio Di Stefano, participating at the Ministerial Conference of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) on the Blue Economy, spoke about Italy's role with other coastal countries in the Mediterranean.

    "Italy, with its 8,000 km of coasts, 11 maritime borders, and an economic supply chain that from fishing to shipbuilding to transport involves nearly 3% of GDP, is on the front line in the Mediterranean for strengthening an integrated system of relations between coastal countries".

    Di Stefano also highlighted the shared interest of Mediterranean countries "to guarantee in a lasting way the health of the sea as a factor of environmental and climatic equilibrium". He recalled "the responsibilities that Italy will exercise on these topics in the course of 2021, in particular with the presidency of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties and the G20".

    Finally, citing the WestMED initiative, of which Italy is exercising the presidency in the two-year period 2020-2021, the undersecretary said: "we are working on the development of infrastructures aimed at increasing the use of clean energy and alternatives in maritime transport, including natural gas as a transition fuel to a decarbonised maritime industry".(ANSAmed).

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