The Ecological Transition Ministry in Italy has announced the appointment of a senior diplomat, Alessandro Modiano as a special envoy for climate change.
This is in fulfilment of a commitment it made last June. The ministry said that Modiano, 57, will be the reference point for all external climate change policies.
Italian climate activists had welcomed the decision by Rome to appoint a special envoy following the example set by other countries to appoint prominent figures to similar roles, such as John Kerry in the United States.
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But Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio and Ecological Transition Minister Roberto Cingolani, who had joint responsibility for the appointment, had initially been unable to settle on a mutually acceptable figure.
This delayed the decision until after last year’s crucial G20 meeting and the U.N. COP26 climate conference in November, which were jointly hosted by Italy.
Di Maio noted that with the appointment of Modiano “Italy confirms its commitment to fight against climate change”.