International diplomacy


Professor Fanni Canelles has experience of international cooperation in international negotiations in the context of war and natural disasters. In particular Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Pakistan, Srilanka.

In 2003, during the second Gulf War, she worked with the Iraqi Ministry of Health to restore the Al Mansur Children's Hospital in Baghdad to working order. At the same time, with the Italian delegation in Iraq, he took part in activities to bring some seriously ill children to Italy so that they could receive the necessary treatment.

In 2004, he set up an observatory in Sri Lanka on behalf of the International Institute of Human Rights to monitor economic aid to the populations devastated by the tsunami and to report on child abuse in the country.

In 2005, she organised a concerted and joint mission with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Decentralised Cooperation of Friuli Venezia Giulia to organise the necessary activities for the release of children unjustly imprisoned in Colombo prison. Subsequently, it created a report for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the early recruitment for military purposes, sexual abuse and restriction of freedom of children accused of petty crimes.

In 2010, he obtained an agreement with the Sri Lankan government to bring some child soldiers to Italy to perform highly specialised surgery to restore the functioning of limbs damaged in battle.

In 2012, it obtained funding and government concessions to set up the Vocational Training Centre, a centre for the rehabilitation of child soldiers and women who have suffered violence in Tamil territory, the scene of the LTTE (Tamil Tigers) guerrilla war.

In 2013, she obtained permission from the Sri Lankan President's Advisor to act for the protection of former child soldiers and women who suffered violence during the war.

In 2013 he participated in international agreements to allow the sending and passage in Syrian territory of humanitarian convoys to supply the refugee camps of Atma and Aleppo and to bring to Italy children in need of highly specialized medical and health interventions.

In 2014 he participated in missions to Syria, the Balkans and Asia to oversee ongoing projects and to bring children in need of highly specialized medical and health care treatments to Italy.

In 2015/16/17, he intervened in Syria and during the war was in charge of emergency health operations in the Idlib and Aleppo region, implemented numerous humanitarian corridors and set up telemedicine links between Udine hospital and 17 Syrian health centres.