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Roberto Fico: 'Multilateralism is no longer an option but a necessity'

Roberto Fico

“International co-operation is essential if we are to address the major global challenges of our time. We must say it again: multilateralism is no longer an option but a necessity. And it is precisely in this spirit that Italy intends to address its six-month Presidency,” said the President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Roberto Fico, addressing the PACE Standing Committee today in Rome.

Mr Fico recalled some of the priorities of the Italian Presidency, notably strengthening the founding principles and values of the Council of Europe, with particular attention to the promotion of women's empowerment and children's rights, as well as addressing the new challenges posed to human rights, democracy and the rule of law by new technologies and, in particular, by the development of artificial intelligence.