Spain awards 15 schools for their work on development cooperation

The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports, presented the “Vicente Ferrer National Award on Education for Development” to 15 education centers in Spain. Awarded schools, range from primary schools to adult education centers. The objective of the award is to foster innovative pedagogic projects and educative experiences, creating awareness of global development issues among Spanish students. In addition to a diploma, representatives from the awarded schools will attend a training workshop on education for development in Senegal in October 2017.

Press release - AECID

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Spain's Council of Ministers approves restructuring of ministry of foreign affairs and cooperation

The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MAEC) has announced the creation of two new departments:

  1. General Directorate for Sustainable Development Policies: will replace the General Secretariat for International Development in steering development policy. Headed by diplomat Cristina Pérez, the department will report to the Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America, who oversees the work of the Spain's development agency (AECID)
  2.  General Directorate for Africa: this new department will be under the leadership of the Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs

Press release - MAEC (in Spanish)


Spain approves a new action plan on women, peace and security

In line with the Spanish government’s engagement on women and security issues, Spain’s Council of Ministers approved the Second Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2017-2023. The objective of the plan is to advance the United Nations agenda on Women, Peace and Security, fostering protection of women’s human rights, and strengthening a gender approach in conflicts prevention and peacekeeping operations.

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Press release - MAEC (in Spanish)


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Salud por Derecho calls on Spanish government to resume funding to Global Fund

The Spanish development and health organization Salud por Derecho (Right to health foundation) has highlighted that Spain has not disbursed any funds to tackle HIV/AIDS since 2011. In a press release published during the International HIV/AIDS Summit, Salud por Derecho calls on the Spanish government to do more to help end the pandemic, beginning with a €100 million contribution to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the current 2017-2019 replenishment period. The organization also took the opportunity to further circulate the new UNAIDS report “Ending Aids: Progress Towards the 90-90-90 Targets”. The report provides an overview of the recent improvements and setbacks of the global fight against HIV/AIDS. 

Press release - Salud por Derecho (in Spanish)

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Spain NGOs call on development secretary to work to achieve 0.4% ODA/GNI by 2020

The Spanish development NGO umbrella CONGDE met with the Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America, Fernando García Casas. Civil society representatives reiterated that Spanish ODA should reach 0.4% of its GNI by 2020, in line with a cross-party resolution approved by the parliament in December 2016. They specifically called on Casas to increase development financing to 0.3% of GNI in the next ODA budget for 2018. In addition, CONGDE representatives reinforced their position that the Spanish government should increase efforts to implement the SDG agenda.

Press release - CONGDE (in Spanish)


Oxfam Intermón urges efforts to address cholera epidemic in Yemen

Spanish development NGO Oxfam Intermón has called upon the Spanish government to urgently release more resources in order to tackle the cholera epidemic in Yemen. According to Oxfam, up to 360,000 people have been infected in the last three months due to conditions created by the country's civil war. In order to effectively manage the epidemic, Oxfam urged Spain to increase its humanitarian assistance budget from €16 million in 2017 to €150 million in 2018. Lara Contreras, Head of Political Advocacy for Humanitarian Action, also called for the government to stop selling arms to countries involved in the conflict.

Press release - Oxfam Intermón (in Spanish)

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AECID calls for proposals on innovative development projects

Spanish development agency AECID has announced a new call for proposals from private companies, NGOs, and research institutions for scientific and innovative solutions to challenges in developing countries. With an overall budget of €3 million, the objective of the call is to address issues in key sectors, such as basic social services, the economy, and the environment.

Proposals must be submitted to AECID between August 25 to September 21, 2017. 

Press release - AECID (in Spanish)

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Spanish foreign minister meets with UN Secretary General

Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Alfonso Dastis, met with the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres in New York to discuss cooperation and ongoing global challenges. At the meeting, Minister Dastis reiterated Spain’s engagement with the work of UN institutions, including on climate change and women's empowerment. He also outlined Spain’s priorities for the promotion of human rights, including its proposed candidacy to the Human Rights Council for 2018-2020, and thanked Guterres for his support of Spanish initiatives on conflict prevention.

Press release - MAEC (in Spanish)


ISGlobal presents paper on global health and renewable energy

In collaboration with the Madrid Polytechnic University, Spanish think tank Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) has published a report analyzing the potential links between Spain’s development policy and innovative, value-add sectors such as health R&D and renewable energies. Entitled “The Virtuous Circles of the Spanish Cooperation”, the policy brief advocates for focusing development funding on strategic areas where Spain has a competitive advantage for a dual-purpose: to benefit Spanish research initiatives while creating a positive impact in developing countries. The report also recommends increased cooperation between public and private actors to achieve the SDGs. 

News article - ISGlobal

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Spain supports Latin American indigenous development organization

The Fund for the Development of Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean (FILAC) celebrated its 25th anniversary with its annual meeting in Madrid, Spain. In addition to renewing its board of directors, for which Spanish development agency AECID holds the vice-presidency, FILAC reiterated its commitment to fostering development for indigenous communities, in line with the SDGs and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

FILAC comprises 22 member states, 19 from Latin America and the Caribbean and 3 extra-regional states: Belgium, Spain, and Portugal.

Press release - AECID (in Spanish)