High level delegations from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs visits ICGEB

“Together for the SDGs”

The theme of the campaign launched by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs saw Trieste centre stage this week, culminating with the visit of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Edmondo Cirielli to ICGEB Headquarters.

Heading a delegation from the MAECI, Minister Cirielli, spoke at the opening event in Trieste, where the representatives of the Trieste Science System and Innovation system of the Region were present. Dr. Banks, together with the Directors of the international Organisations in Trieste, presented ICGEB’s activites for Sustainable Development.

The impact of our activities to help achieve Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-Being, Quality Education, Affordable and Clean Energy, Industry Innovation and Infrastructure, and Partnerships for the Goals, were powerfully delivered, also thanks to the vibrant testimonial of Dr. Ifeoluwa Gbala, Nigerian Postdoc in the Tumour Virology lab in Trieste, who is the recipient of a WE-STAR Fellowship (pictured below).

The delegation was greeted at the Area Science Park by the ICGEB Director-General and the President of the Area Science Park, Prof. Caterina Petrillo and by numerous PIs, Postdocs and PhD students, and Heads of Offices. Following discussions of the ICGEB’s scientific and institutional operations, the delegation visited the Biotechnology Development Unit. The benefits of the BIOTECHNET project, to enhance biotechnology know-how in the Horn of Africa, funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, was also highlighted.

In recognition of the importance of the scientific educational and research activities undertaken for the Global South, Deputy Minister Cirielli stated “Italy is proud to have the Organisation on its territory”.

From Lawrence Banks this month:

On November 27th and 28th the ICGEB Alumni Meeting will be held at ICGEB New Delhi. Our Alumni are the measure of our success and having with us so many leading scientists coming from all over the world will be a wonderful occasion. I personally cannot wait to see again many colleagues and friends and to see the great impact that their work is making for the benefit of mankind.

Lawrence Banks

#insiemepergliSDG – is an intiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), together with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the European Union, Save the Children, the SDG Action Campaign, and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM).