Born in Reggio Calabria in 1956, he graduated in Philosophy from the University of Messina.
A politician with more than 20 years' experience in security and defence, in 1998 Marco Minniti was appointed Undersecretary to the Prime Minister under the 1st D'Alema administration; in 1999, Undersecretary to the Prime Minister, responsible for secret services, under the 2nd D'Alema administration; in 2000, Undersecretary for Defence under the Amato administration; and from 2006 to 2008, Deputy Minister of the Interior under the Prodi administration.
From 2013 to 2016, he was Undersecretary to the Prime Minister, responsible for secret services, first under the Letta administration and then under the Renzi administration.
From 2016 to 2018, he was Minister of the Interior under the Gentiloni administration.
From 2001 to 2021, he was a Member of Parliament of the Italian Republic (Chamber and Senate).
He is the author of Sicurezza è libertà. Terrorismo e immigrazione: contro la fabbrica della paura (Security is Freedom. Terrorism and immigration: the battle against the factory of fear, Rizzoli, 2018).
Friday 25th Feb
Session IV: Migrations across Mediterranean shores
Moderated by Carlo Bonini (la Repubblica)
How cities can help defining new migration policies and cooperate for effective actions on fundamental human rights protection.
5.15 pm: Keynote speech by Marco Minniti, President of MedOr Foundation
5.25 pm: Keynote speech by Antonio Vitorino, Director General of IOM (International Organisation of Migrations) (in streaming)
5.35 pm: Keynote speech by Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugee (in streaming)
5.45 pm – 7 pm: “Urban dialogues”, Mayors’ open talk session
During this session mayors will be invited to discuss the topics addressed by the keynote speakers to debate priorities and share possible solutions.