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Spain’s foreign minister meets with president of ICRC

At a meeting with Peter Maurer, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Alfonso Dastis, reiterated his engagement with human rights and humanitarian causes. He committed to strengthening Spain’s support to international humanitarian law initiatives and enhancing cooperation with the ICRC. Both Minister Dastis and Mr. Maurer reiterated the need to ‘redouble’ efforts to end chronic humanitarian crises, particularly in Syria.

Press release - MAEC

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Spain’s foreign minister meets with ICRC

The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Alfonso Dastis, reiterated Spain's engagement with human rights and humanitarian causes during a meeting with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer. Dastis committed to strengthening Spain’s support to international humanitarian law initiatives and its cooperation with the ICRC. Both Minister Dastis and Peter Maurer underlined the need to end endemic humanitarian crises, such as in Syria.

Press release - MAEC

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Spanish CSOs call for improved measures to protect migrants and refugees

Ten Spanish civil society organizations (CSOs) including Oxfam Intermón, Médicos del Mundo, and NGO umbrella CONGDE, launched a joint manifesto asking the Spanish government to adopt five measures to effectively respond to the migrant and refugee crisis. The manifesto calls for the implementation of several actions, including improving the Spanish asylum system, investing in human rights protection worldwide, and ensuring that official development assistance (ODA) is not used to control borders and migration flows.

The 10 organizations have addressed a letter to the Vice-President of the Government, Soraya Sáez de Santamaría, to request a meeting and demand immediate implementation of the suggested measures.

Press release - CONGDE (in Spanish)

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Spain and IADB launch new program to support water and sanitation in Paraguay

Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Fernando García Casas, President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IABD), Luis Alberto Moreno, and Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO) Business Director, Mariano Colmenar, jointly signed an agreement to bring safe drinking water and sanitation programs to rural and indigenous communities in Paraguay. Earmarked under the 'Joint Financial Framework Spain/IABD', the new development cooperation program consists of US$60 million in initial funding, of which US$20 million will be disbursed as a loan by the Spanish Development Promotion Fund (FONPRODE).

Spain and the IDB are currently co-financing another program in Paraguay for the improvement of roads worth US$125 million.

Press release - MAEC

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Spain and IADB launch new program to foster water and sanitation in Paraguay

The Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Ibero-America, Fernando García Casas, and the President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), Luis Alberto Moreno, signed an agreement to launch a program to bring safe drinking water and sanitation solutions to small cities and rural areas in Paraguay. This new program constitutes the first activity under the “Joint Financial Framework Spain/IADB” (April 2017) and amounts to US$60 million, of which US$20 million will be disbursed as a loan by the Spanish Development Promotion Fund (FONPRODE) with IADB covering the remaining US$40 million.

Press release - MAEC (in Spanish)

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Spanish CSO call for improved measures to protect migrants and refugees

Up to ten Spanish CSOs, including the Spanish development NGO umbrella organization CONGDE, Oxfam Intermón, and Médicos del Mundo, have launched a joint-manifesto urging the Spanish government to develop better policies to effectively respond to migrant and refugee crises. Under the title “Urgent measures to unblock the situation of migrant and refugee people”, this manifesto calls for the implementation of several actions including, the improvement of the asylum system in Spain, more investments to protect human rights worldwide, and ensuring ODA is not used to control borders and migration flows.

Press release - CONGDE (in Spanish)

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Spain’s Foreign Minister visits Mauritania to strengthen cooperation

The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Alfonso Dastis, visited Nouakchott, Mauritania, to meet with the country's President, Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz, and his Foreign Affairs Minister, Isselkou Ould Ahmed. The objective of the trip was to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries, including on terrorism, migration, and development. Mauritania is a priority country for Spain’s development policy in several sectors, including rural development, food security, and health.

Press release - MAEC (in Spanish)

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Spanish Senate organizes series of debates on implementation of 2030 agenda

Spain's Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Ibero-America, Fernando García Casas, has opened a series of hearings that will be held by the Senate’s Development Committee during the next few months. The series aims to further define, strengthen, and coordinate Spain's strategy for the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) agenda (Agenda 2030). Secretary García Casas asserted that the implementation of the SDGs and the 2030 agenda was a priority for the current Spanish government. He highlighted that the Council of Ministers appointed Juan Francisco Montalbán as Special Ambassador for the 2030 Agenda on May 5, 2017.

Session transcription - Spanish Senate (in Spanish)

Press release - AECID (in Spanish)

 

 

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Spain's political parties promise significant increase of humanitarian assistance in 2018

In collaboration with the Spanish development NGO, Oxfam Intermón, representatives of the political parties in the country, including the Socialists, Podemos, and Basque and Catalan entities, have signed a commitment to increase Spain’s humanitarian assistance budget to €150 million by 2018.

According to a representative of Oxfam Intermón, the draft federal budget for 2017, currently being discussed in parliament, allocates only €16 million for humanitarian causes. Between 2009 and 2015, Spain reduced its humanitarian assistance budget by 84.5%. 

Press release - Oxfam Intermón (in Spanish)

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Spain’s AECID reports on pilot project for sustainable energy solutions in refugee camps

'Alianza Shire', the first public-private partnership of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), has released the results of its pilot project striving to provide sustainable energy solutions in refugee camps. Named for the Shire region of Ethiopia in which the pilot project has been implemented since 2014, the project has improved and extended the electricity network, and connecting communal services to the network such as a primary school, two markets, a training center, and a center for women and girls.

The partnership is a joint-endeavor of the Innovation and Technology for Development Centre at Madrid's Polytechnic University, Acciona Microenergía Foundation, and Spanish energy companies, Iberdrola and Philips Lighting Spain, with the collaboration from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

Press release - AECID (in Spanish)

Website - Alianza Shire

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