(AGI) Rome, March 4 - Italy has enhanced its efforts to obtainthe status of non-permanent member of the UN Security Councilfor the 2017-2018 two-year period. The General Assembly is dueto vote on the candidacies, which also include Western Europe'sSweden and the Netherlands, in June 2016. Up to now Italy hasbeen on the 15-Member shortlist six times. The Italian ForeignMinistry started presenting some time ago, also through socialnetworks, all the actions that it aims to pursue within theUnited Nations. For anybody wanting additional information, thedossier has been posted, in both Italian and English, on theForeign Ministry's website at: www.esteri.it. Italy's candidacyhinges upon its contribution to peace-keeping and securitystabilisation efforts and on its achievement of other UN goals.Italy is also the leading contributor to the Blue Helmettroops, is the seventh donor among Western countries to theUnited Nation's ordinary and peace-keeping budget and isstrongly engaged in stabilising critical areas, promoting andprotecting human rights and supporting sustainable development.Italy's Development Cooperation programme enables it tointervene in major humanitarian crises. From Syria to Iraq,from the Sahel to the Horn of Africa, and in the countriesstruck by the Ebola epidemic, Italy has been working alongsideUN specialist agencies, volunteer associations and NonGovernmental Organisations (NGOs). One of Italy's priorities isto eliminate poverty worldwide, to which end it makes sizeablemulti-channel contributions to UN programmes, funds andagencies devoted to the Millennium Development Goals. During2014, Italy also renewed its commitment in support of basiceducation and cooperation in the healthcare sector. Water,food, climate and energy are global assets and Italy iscommitted to assuring their balanced and sustainabledevelopment. In order to achieve these goals, Italy has amongits priorities to define the post-2015 Agenda and promote, asPresident of the 2nd Commission of the United Nations' GeneralAssembly, a common perspective capable of combining economic,social and environmental development with the capacitybuilding, in peaceful societies, of democratic institutionsguaranteeing the rule of law and the protection of humanrights. The European Union took a common stand on the post-2015Agenda during Italy's rotating presidency of the EU Council, inthe second term of 2014. Within this framework, Italy advocateda vision based on converting the concept of aid into one ofcooperation among peers, promoting the sharing of resources,capabilities and development experiences, of which the ExpoMilano 2015 on food security is set out to be a concreteexample. Climate change represents another political priorityfor Italy, which is in the forefront of environmentalprotection policies. Further, Italy is firmly convinced thatpromoting and safeguarding human rights is essential inassuring sustainable development and international security, inline with the fundamental principles and objectives of theUnited Nations' Charter. Italy is also resolutely committed tothe campaign for a universal moratorium on the death penaltyand upholds freedom of religion and the protection of religiousminority groups. (AGI).