(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 Italyhas been on the 15-Member shortlist six times. The ItalianForeign Ministry started presenting some time ago, also throughsocial networks, all the actions that it aims to pursue withinthe United Nations. For anybody wanting additional information,the dossier has been posted, in both Italian and English, onthe Foreign Ministry's website at: www.esteri.it. Italy'scandidacy hinges upon its contribution to peace-keeping andsecurity stabilisation efforts and on its achievement of otherUN goals. Italy is also the leading contributor to the BlueHelmet troops, is the seventh donor among Western countries tothe United 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 thepost-2015 Agenda during Italy's rotating presidency of the EUCouncil, in the second term of 2014. Within this framework,Italy advocated a vision based on converting the concept of aidinto one of cooperation among peers, promoting the sharing ofresources, capabilities and development experiences, of whichthe Expo Milano 2015 on food security is set out to be aconcrete example. Climate change represents anotherpolitical priority for Italy, which is in the forefront ofenvironmental protection policies. Further, Italy is firmlyconvinced that promoting and safeguarding human rights isessential in assuring sustainable development and internationalsecurity, in line with the fundamental principles andobjectives of the United Nations' Charter. Italy is alsoresolutely committed to the campaign for a universal moratoriumon the death penalty and upholds freedom of religion and theprotection of religious minority groups. (AGI) . .