DIPLOMATIC AND PARLIAMENTARY PRACTICE 2. pRotection of peRsons in the event of disasteRs On 4 November 2008, during the debate in the Sixth Committee of the UN General Assembly (LXIII Session) on the Report of the International Law Commission on the Work of its Sixtieth Session (UN Doc. A/63/10), the Italian delegate, Mr. Giuseppe Nesi intervened on the topic of protection of persons in the event of disasters. He welcomed the first steps taken by the International Law Commission in the examination of that topic and made the following observations: "The first report by the Special Rapporteur, Mr. Eduardo ValenciaOspina, and the ensuing discussion have provided a useful basis for attempting a definition of the scope of the forthcoming study and an outline of its purpose. The Italian delegation shares the view, which was expressed by the Commission and endorsed by some previous speakers, that it would be impractical to distinguish natural disasters from other disasters, which would often at any event raise similar problems. Thus the definition of the scope of the study should be wide enough to encompass all the disasters which raise the need for an international relief effort. The study should strive to facilitate the provision of humanitarian assistance in response to disasters. The attainment of this purpose appears to require an improvement in the current coordination of efforts at the international level. Governmental international organizations should have a leading role in coordinating, together with the competent authorities of the State where a disaster occurs, assistance that States and other entities are willing to provide. The aim should be to design a mechanism that alleviates political difficulties and allows relief to reach the persons in need as effectively and quickly as possible. Questions relating to the obligations that States may have with regard to disasters or to the right to be assisted that the persons concerned may enjoy do not serve the need to improve humanitarian assistance effectively". xii. inteRnational cRiminal law 1. inteRnational tRiBunals (Cf. infra XVII. INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, 1. united nations, D. United Nations Ad Hoc Tribunals (ICTY/ICTR), and E. The Situation in Darfur: The Relations between the United Nations Security Council and the International Criminal Court)
The Italian Yearbook of International Law Online – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
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